March 2, 2016

Savor the Flavor Together!

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Written by Jamie Williams, Keiser University Dietetic Intern

NationalNutritionMonth2016Cooking doesn’t always have to be a chore. It can be creative, exciting, and fun for the whole family. Although our hectic schedules may not always allow, strive to prepare one meal a week together with your family, or simply make a goal of eating as many meals as you can together in the week.

Spending quality time together allows families to reconnect, talk about their daily lives, and develop a family bond. If you have children, cooking together can give them a sense of responsibility while allowing them to develop their self-expression through food.

Having family meals can help savor the flavor of your traditions. Passing on family values and traditions plays a huge role at meal time. This time together is perfect for conversing about old family memories and history—ones that may very well be passed on to future generations. Read More …

March 19, 2013

Callahan Celebrates National Nutrition Month

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Callahan Celebrates National Nutrition MonthThe children at the Callahan Neighborhood Center had fun learning how to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

They completed word search puzzles, created nutrition songs, and designed and colored their very own MyPlate.

They were full of energy and creativity as they shared ideas of how to eat healthy, their way, every day.

Click here to find the kid-friendly activities we used to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Read More …

March 8, 2013

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope, Fueling Health

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Dr. Ted Hamilton, Chair of our Nutrition CommitteeNational Nutrition Month is only a month long, but year-round Second Harvest is working very hard to make nutrition a priority at our food bank. Over the last year a lot has occurred behind the scenes. We’ve formed a nutrition committee, action teams, and organized a strategic planning workshop. We’ve also developed a nutrition position statement to help guide our food procurement decisions.

Take a few moments to read an interview with Dr. Ted Hamilton, Chair of our Nutrition Committee. Dr. Hamilton is Vice President of Medical Mission for Adventist Health System and serves on the Board of Directors for Second Harvest.

How did you get involved working with the nutrition committee?

I was newly appointed to the Second Harvest Board when Dave Krepcho approached me about the opportunity to work with a great group of people to consider our approach to nutritional aspects of addressing hunger in the communities we serve. It was a new idea for me, one that I had not seriously thought about previously. It raises interesting questions regarding the role of Second Harvest in working at the intersection of hunger and nutrition. Read More …

March 16, 2012

National Nutrition Month at Second Harvest Food Bank

Author: Maria Shanley

Since March is National Nutrtition Month, I got together with our Nutrition Manager, Maria Ali, and asked her some questions about the role of nutrition at Second Harvest Food Bank.

  • Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Is Second Harvest doing anything special during this month?

Yes, March is National Nutrition Month (NNM)! It’s kind of an exciting month for Registered Dietitians (RDs) because it’s also Registered Dietitian Day on March 14th. During the month of March we try to highlight the campaign, which focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

When I started working here I made a habit of bringing attention to the campaign during the month of March. We bring awareness of it to our partner agencies by posting NNM material in the lobby of our warehouse and in our Food News e-newsletters, and to staff by highlighting key messages in our monthly wellness tip posting. We also blogged about it last year promoting the annual theme. And I make sure to mention it when providing nutrition education out in the community. Read More …

April 20, 2010

PepsiCo Feeds America with National Day of Service

Author: Maria Shanley

PepsiCo Feeds America With National Day of Service‎When I walked into work this morning I was greeted by 50 PepsiCo volunteers. They filled up our volunteer greeting area and overflowed into our warehouse. One thing I love about my job is having the opportunity to meet individuals and organizations that come through our volunteer center. So why do we have 50 PepsiCo volunteers at Second Harvest today?

Today, MOSAIC, PepsiCo’s African-American employee network is organizing a day of service with Feeding America. PepsiCo volunteers will work in over 30 food banks nationwide to impact over 2 million people. 1,400 PepsiCo employees will generate more than 5,000 volunteer hours in one day. That’s a pretty incredible project!

Second Harvest Food Bank is excited to take part in PepsiCo’s Employee Day of Service. We are one of four food banks in Florida that is participating in this project. The other 3 food banks are in Tampa, Miami and Ft. Pierce. I went around and took photos and video of these employees hard at work.

Second Harvest Food Bank would like to thank PepsiCo for their time and commitment in the fight against hunger.  Enjoy the photos and video!



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