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Feeding San Diego integrates nutrition education, advocacy, CalFresh outreach and capacity building into all initiatives and programs. To reduce the risk of chronic illnesses associated with hunger, FSD focuses on distributing healthy and fresh foods along with appropriate nutrition education. Advocacy efforts and CalFresh outreach enable clients to make ends meet and move towards self-sufficiency. Additionally, FSD works hand-in-hand with community partners, agencies and schools to maximize program impact and build infrastructure.

Nutrition Policy Council

FSD’s Nutrition Policy Council, made up of nutrition and health professionals from across San Diego County, helps create policies and strategies to ensure the distribution of nutritious foods. Combined with their expertise, the council bases much of its research and decisions on Feeding America’s Foods to Encourage, a framework designed to categorize and evaluate the foods typically found in food bank inventories.

Nutrition Partner Program

FSD developed an innovative model to transform food banks and local food pantries into nutrition-focused agencies to combat the epidemics of hunger, malnutrition, obesity and chronic disease. FSD identified over 50 nutrition partners that oversee pantries, partner school programs and mobile pantry sites that are actively enrolled in a phased nutrition training plan. Focusing on the distribution of healthy recipes and other bilingual nutrition materials to clients, the Nutrition Partner program is dedicated to providing our partners with the tools necessary to educate their clients about nutrition. FSD is partnering with Leah’s Pantry, SuperFood Drive and the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services department to provide onsite nutrition training and demonstrations.

Healthy Cook Program

The Healthy Cook program is a six-part nutrition course including hands-on training and nutrition demonstrations targeted at improving the health of clients at specific distribution sites. FSD gauges the impact of the program through client surveys that capture client eating habits and measure health indicators.