Tuesday, March 19, 2013

National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition month!!!

I thought I'd start by sharing some amazing websites for people looking to volunteer some of their time helping spread Nutrition knowledge.

No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength is an amazing group,  I currentl;y volunteer through a program they offer, Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store.  They truly care about helping kids learn to prepare their own snack foods and meals and educating them on healthier choices!

SNAP - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is formerly known as the foodstamp program, however they changed their name to emphasize that it is meant as a supplemental supply to your preexisting food budget, as well as to emphasize the Nutrition portion, to encourage healthier choices.  There are so many people who qualify and are lacking in funds to buy the appropriate amount of food, especially the elderly.  A key point to emphasize with the elderly is that they can designate a care taker or family member to use their SNAP card to get them the appropriate food.  The SNAP program is looking for volunteers to help with prescreening candidates to see if they are eligible.

The Hunger Study - Will be looking for people to help with anonymous surveys on tablets/computers at foodbanks from April to August 2013.  This will help foodbanks and soup kitchens get to know how to reach their targetted demographic more effectively, and reach out and provide nutritious food to the people who need it.

You can also volunteer at your local food bank or soup kitchen!

Again, Happy Nutrition Month and let's share our knowledge with others.


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