Archive for the 'Nutrition' Category

April 10, 2017

On the Move With Chef Terah

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On a weekly basis, you can find Chef Terah Barrios, Nutrition Educator at Second Harvest, at one of our many partner feeding programs. Chef Terah takes nutrition and cooking education out to the community where hungry families are being served.

What kind of work are you doing with the partner feeding programs?
I get the opportunity to work with families, single adults, seniors and just about anyone who is served through our partner feeding programs. I take nutrition and cooking education to clients while food is being distributed in their communities. I often share recipes utilizing fresh produce or items that Second Harvest has in abundance. Along with the recipe, I give clients a sample that they can taste.

Many of the clients served have diet-related health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. For this reason, I also share diet-related health information. I get to personally speak with many individuals while they wait for food. I hear their stories, their challenges and even their successes as many of them are returning for food.

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March 13, 2017

A New Kids Café Opens its Doors in Brevard County

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Early this month The Cocoa PAL community center began serving nutritious afternoon meals to children and youth through Second Harvest’s Kids Cafe After School Meal Program.

 

As part of our strategic expansion, Cocoa PAL joins Club Esteem in Melbourne, becoming the second Kids Cafe in the county.

 

PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth.

 

The Kids Cafe program provides nutritious, USDA meal pattern compliant meals to youngsters in under-served communities. Meals are served in the late afternoon and are intended to supplement school lunches as well as to enhance community centers that have ongoing enrichment activities.

 

Second Harvest partners with 26 locations in four counties to feed over 2,000 kids every weekday from Monday through Friday.

 

That’s enough kids to fill the Amway Center twice each month!

 

Special thanks to Delores McLaughlin, Director of Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration for her hard work and persistence in making this happen.

 

You can learn more about Cocoa PAL here:

https://www.facebook.com/cocoapal/about/

 

To learn more about our Kids Cafe Program, follow this link:

http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how_kids_cafe

 

February 7, 2017

Healthy Items Available Through (PUR) Power Purchase

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

As a food bank, we are preparing ourselves to work with others in the community who want to make an impact on community health. Along with providing nutrition education, we will distribute as much nutrient-rich food as possible into the communities we serve. With the help of our partner agency network, we distributed 18 million pounds of fresh produce in the last year alone.

We’ve recently compiled a list of shelf-stable items that can be ordered through our Power Purchase (PUR) program. These items align with Feeding America’s Foods to Encourage (F2E) framework. The F2E framework supports USDA’s MyPlate recommendations for consuming more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.

When making your order, we encourage you to select more of these items to promote better health for the clients you serve. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact our Nutrition Manager at mconley@feedhopenow.org.

 

January 10, 2017

Reaching The Seniors in Underserved Areas in New and Unique Ways!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

31498119656_6ed165a6b4_oOn December 9th the Table Sixty Committee conducted a Senior and Families Market and Resource Fair.  The Table Sixty Committee consists of staff members from Second Harvest Food Bank, Winter Park Health Foundation, Catholic Charities, United Way, AARP, Seniors First, Senior Resource Alliance and UCF.

The Table Sixty Committee had determined through research that the Old Baldwin Park area near Semoran Blvd in East Orlando has an underserved senior population. The goal was to have a Market and Resource Fair in that area, so that we could talk with and survey the seniors to find what the needs may be in that underserved location.

We contacted The Knights of Columbus which is located in the Old Baldwin Park area and they were gracious enough to allow us to have the food distribution and resource fair at their location.

Dr. Jim Wright created the survey which we used when we spoke with the seniors that attended the event on the 9th.  With the data from the survey we were to find out the 22 of the 25 people that were surveyed have food insecurity.   More than half of the people surveyed did not know about the local food pantries in their area.  And, 19 of the 25 people feel that they do not eat enough fresh produce, and should eat more.

We were very happy with the turnout for our first event targeting a specific population such as the seniors. We are hopeful that we will be able to have more food distributions, and learn more about the seniors in need in the Old Baldwin Park , and surrounding areas.

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