Advocate for MEFAP!

The Greater Boston Food Bank is Blogging National Nutrition MonthOn April 8, 2015, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) hosted their annual legislative breakfast on Beacon Hill in support of the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP). This year, the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts (which includes the GBFB, the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Worcester County Food Bank), is advocating for an increase in funding to $20M in the FY16 budget. This is a $5M increase over last year’s $15M funding we received. Last year, with this funding we were able to provide $16M healthy meals to those in need. With this additional $5M funding, the Food Bank Coalition of MA will be able to provide an additional 7 million more healthy meals through our network of over 565,000 food insecure residents of the state.
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The Greater Boston Food Bank is Blogging National Nutrition MonthGBFB is committed to healthy lives and communities through the food we distribute and through nutrition education. During National Nutrition Month®, Team GBFB will share how we lead healthy lives through diet and being active. Enjoy!

 


Michele Fisher, Community Initiatives Associate.
I became a vegetarian in college which set me on a quest to understand more about food and nutrition. This slowly led to a healthier lifestyle. Exercise and eating right makes me feel better, sleep better, and helps a little in keeping up on family hikes and other adventures.

My recipe is a modification from Jane Brody’s Company Beans & Rice, featured in her Good Food Book. She is a personal health columnist for the NY Times. The recipe has served me well anytime I have to make a quick dinner for anyone!

I love the versatility of this recipe. You can substitute black beans for kidney beans, or quinoa for brown rice. You can add a jalapeno or frozen corn to sauté. You can use all suggested condiments, or none at all. And if you leftovers, you can put it in a burrito shell with some cheddar and heat up the next day.

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The Greater Boston Food Bank is Blogging National Nutrition MonthGBFB is committed to healthy lives and communities through the food we distribute and through nutrition education. During National Nutrition Month®, Team GBFB will share how we lead healthy lives through diet and being active. Enjoy!

 


Meet Lauren Casale, Senior Nutrition Education Coordinator (and her Australian Shepard, Lily). I enjoy eating nutritious foods because they taste great and keep me feeling healthy. I find I have more energy and am in a better mood when I choose something like a pear for a snack instead of some chips. Plus, I can’t help but think of all the long term benefits of eating a healthy diet!

Lauren’s Healthy Choices
Being aware of how certain foods made me feel is what first motivated me to study nutrition. As a dietitian, I enjoy working with people and enabling them to make healthy food choices.

I love to cook and try different foods so I’m always searching for new recipes to try. This recipe is one of my favorites because it tastes great and is easy to make. I use my crock pot when I know I’ll have limited time to make dinner. I always prepare the sauce the night before so in the morning all I have to do is add the pork and prepared sauce to the crock pot.
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The Greater Boston Food Bank is Blogging National Nutrition MonthGBFB is committed to healthy lives and communities through the food we distribute and through nutrition education. During National Nutrition Month®, Team GBFB will share how we lead healthy lives through diet and being active. Enjoy!

 


Meet Eliza Domingo-Sutcliffe, Creative and Brand Manager (and her Basset Hound, Phoebe).
As a member of the Marketing Communications team, I get the pleasure to work with almost every facet of our organization, designing and producing integrated communication materials that support and steward our brand and our mission to End Hunger Here. The best part of any day at GBFB is in knowing that I’m in the company of others that are just as committed to our mission, and who are putting their expertise, their skills, and their humanity to work towards ending hunger. That we all come from different walks of life to champion the same cause makes work lively and colorful, and it is in honor of all my team members that I share this recipe for National Nutrition Month.®

Eliza’s Healthy Choices
Just as our Chief Operating Officer and VP of Distribution, Carol Tienken and our Manager of Agency Relations, Gary Krist, shared in their blogs for National Nutrition Month®, I too made a lifestyle change several years ago. Faced with a litany of health issues—chief among them Type 2 Diabetes—which came with being obese and making unhealthy choices almost my entire life, I made a concerted effort to alter my eating habits and get in better shape. It took drastic change, time, and years of self-discipline. And I’m still working on it. During that transition, I did a lot of recipe-hunting for dishes that incorporated ingredients that are lower on the glycemic index. It should come as no surprise that many of those foods are in the fruit and vegetable categories.
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The Greater Boston Food Bank is Blogging National Nutrition MonthGBFB is committed to healthy lives and communities through the food we distribute and through nutrition education. During National Nutrition Month®, Team GBFB will share how we lead healthy lives through diet and being active. Enjoy!

 


Meet Annie Laquidara, Donor Services Associate.

Eating well is important to me because I love being active and staying busy. A healthy lifestyle gives me the energy I need to go for that long run after work or spend a whole day exploring Boston, my favorite city! I’ve found that when I am regularly eating healthy foods and getting the right amount of sleep, I am positive and productive during the day and have the energy I need to continue my day after I leave work.

Warm and hearty meals are the perfect way to weather a snowy winter like the one we saw in Boston this year and this turkey chili is just the thing for a cold night!

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