In 2020, registered dietitian Monica Davis joined Loaves & Fishes’ staff, helping sort and assemble produce bags, selecting the best foods for our guests, and providing recipes and tips on best ways to store, prepare, and eat the selection of food we give out at the pantry. Monica and Samantha Van Dyke together now organize nutrition education activities to ensure that our visitors are getting the most out of our food. Samantha writes Nutrition to Go monthly newsletters in English and Spanish that are included in each visitor’s bags of food. Look for Monica or Samantha in the parking lot on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays—they welcome your questions!
The Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program is a partnership between Local Food Hub and six area health clinics that “prescribes” patients a biweekly supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, grown by Local Food Hub partner farms. The prescriptions include recipes and educational programs that help to encourage home cooking and develop familiarity with new foods. The program seeks to develop a culture of healthy in our community by addressing food access and public health issues.