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Improving Nutrition

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23 million pounds

of fresh produce.

For those who struggle to afford enough nutritious food, inexpensive and unhealthy foods are sometimes the only option. Without proper nutrition, risk of chronic diseases is higher and it can be difficult to focus and to succeed in school and at work.

Our nutrition team oversees the nutritional value of all the food we distribute. Their hard work ensures that 84% of the food we distribute meets the highest nutrition standards as defined by the Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) system. And, 34.5% of the food we distribute is fresh produce, much sourced from the local farms we work with.

“Twenty years ago, we could not move a carrot from our warehouse, truly, not one carrot. Today over 23 million pounds of produce is consumed by our clients. That’s 142,000 people a month eating better.”
– Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO

Last year, we distributed more than 23 million pounds of fresh produce.

GBFB’s Registered Dietitians provide nutrition education throughout the communities we serve through educational programs and resources such as Click ‘N Cook and assistance with obtaining SNAP benefits. Our goal is to have lasting impact on the health of the children, families and seniors we serve and to be a leader in providing sustained access to  nutritious foods.

Our goal is to be a leader in providing nutritious food to sustain healthful eating and to create healthy communities.


Meet our Dietitians

Rachel Caty, Registered Dietitian NutritionistRachel Caty, MPH, RDN, LDN, Senior Manager of Nutrition, joined The Greater Boston Food Bank in April 2017. Her primary responsibilities are to develop and coordinate the Healthy Pantry Program, a video-based nutrition education program designed to educate agency staff; to manage the food bank’s online recipe website, Click ‘N Cook; and to assist in the roll-out and revision of the food bank’s first Nutrition Policy. She also teaches food safety courses to member agencies and precepts dietetic interns. Ms. Caty has a background in nutrition, public health, and program evaluation and is interested in food insecurity and functional nutrition. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Adriene Worthington, Registered Dietitian NutritionistAdriene Worthington, RDN, LDN, Director of Nutrition Programs, joined The Greater Boston Food Bank in January 2010. Her primary responsibilities are to oversee nutrition education activities, SNAP advocacy and education, manage the food bank’s online recipe database and blog Click ‘N Cook, and lead the organization in implementing its first formal Nutrition Policy. She is responsible for food safety and food safety education inside of the facility and among The Food Bank’s member agencies. Ms. Worthington has a background in both nutrition and the culinary arts, bringing a unique perspective to her work with partner agencies. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Simmons College and has an Associate Degree in Culinary Science from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Le Cordon Bleu. Ms. Worthington has worked as a Clinical Dietitian in the Radius Specialty Hospital and the New England Baptist Hospital, and also served as the Dining Services Director for Arbour-HRI Hospital.


Nutritious Bytes

Preview of Nutritious BytesCheck out the latest edition of Nutritious Bytes
August 2020: Healthy habits, Using Zucchini, Make Your Own Trail Mix + more

Past editions:
July 2020: Safe & Socially Distanced Picnics, DIY Spice Mix Ideas + more
June 2020: Vegetarian Diet Myths, How to Cook Dried Beans + more
May 2020: Gardening, Safe Grocery Shopping, Expiration Dates + more
April 2020: Pantry Staple Meals, What do with Garlic, plus Anxiety, Stress and Coping
March 2020: Healthy Snacking, Celery, Zucchini Meatballs
Feb 2020: Getting Nutrients, American Hearth Month, recipes + more
Jan 2020: Blue Zones, Black Beans, Prepping for Breakfast + more
Dec 2019: Handwashing, Added Sugar, Chickpeas + more
Nov 2019: Radishes, Vitamin C, Frozen Veggies + more
Oct 2019: Lentils, Plant Based Protein, Asparagus + more
Sept 2019: Carbohydrates, National Potato Month, Leeks + more
Aug 2019: No Cook Summer Snacks, Washing Produce + more
July 2019: Salt-free Seasoning, Staying Hydrated + more
June 2019: Seasonal Produce, Vegetables, Beets + more
May 2019: Fish & Mercury, Fiber, Herb Tips + more

More Nutrition Resources

Dietetic Internships: The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Registered Dietitians accept dietetic interns from traditional
and distance learning programs for Community or Elective rotations. Please click here for more information.

Searching for more information? Contact our Nutrition Team at nutrition@gbfb.org

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