Topic Text Writer at NutritionFacts.org
NutritionFacts.org is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, presenting free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. The site contains hundreds of nutrition topics, each requiring a succinct summary. This is where I (and my journalism experience) come in! Volunteers are an integral part of this organization and work diligently to help spread the message of evidence-based nutritional wellness around the world.
Serving at the Conway Dinner Bell
Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters for Teens
The Conway Village Congregational Church offers a free community dinner, The Dinner Bell, once every week, most weeks of the year. The church is also a USDA supported food pantry. Both the dinner and the pantry are operated by a host of volunteers like me! I truly enjoy these opportunities to meet new people, make fast friends and provide a service to this wonderful community.
Cooking Matters is a program of Share Our Strength's No Child Hungry with the mission to provide nutrition education, savvy grocery shopping techniques and cooking skills to low-income teens, adults and families.
As a volunteer chef, I inspire both both teen and adult groups to challenge their taste buds and gain confidence in the kitchen. The excitement that I hear from the participants as they recount their experiences of cooking healthy meals from scratch at home is incredibly rewarding!
Cooking Matters ~ Team Teaching
All Cooking Matters courses are six weeks long for 2 - 2.5 hours each class. The program design relies heavily on team teaching with professional volunteers. This short video explains why this approach is so effective.
New Hampshire Culinary Institute starts at 2:15
Starting in 2012, Senator Jeanne Shaheen has organized an expo in Washington, D.C. to showcase top-notch food and beverage businesses in NH called Experience New Hampshire. I was invited to attend as a culinary student representative of the New Hampshire Culinary Institute while still a freshman - an incredible honor!
American Culinary Federation Annual Fundraiser Taste of NH
See me in action at 4:16.
Each year the White Mountains Chapter of the American Culinary Federation holds an annual fundraiser, Taste of New Hampshire, to raise scholarship and competition funds for promising culinary students. I volunteered all three years while I was in culinary school and got to network with some some incredibly talented, generous chefs.
I spent five growing seasons as a volunteer intern with the New Hampshire Institute of Agriculture & Forestry learning how to grow organic produce for market production. I had the opportunity to work with other interns, farmers, community leaders and chefs. I'm so fortunate to have had this opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of small-scale organic farming and direct-selling.
Two things I loved BEST of all (aside from eating peas and tomatoes right off the vine): 1) making donation deliveries to the Gibson Center for Senior Services so fresh, local produce could adorn their plates... and everyone was so appreciative! 2) Inspiring several members of the Eagle scouts to start their own herb gardens at home - never had I seen teenage boys get so exited about basil sprouts!