Free Meals for Kids
HOSPITALS THAT FIGHT HUNGER: SERVING FREE MEALS TO KIDS
This webinar is for those who want a better understanding of the connection between hunger and health, to visualize a summer feeding program in a non-traditional space and the steps necessary to implement a program in your community.

Lack of access to food contributes to the rising cost of health care, and hunger negatively impacts health. Recognizing this connection, some hospitals have begun to fight food insecurity by implementing existing programs in their non-traditional space. Nutrition professionals are uniquely positioned to encourage such participation in federally funded hunger-relief programs, such as the USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Just a few years ago, only a handful of hospitals were doing this but there has been an increase in participation of 250% in 3 years, now providing several examples of how summer feeding programs can operate in hospitals. This webinar describes the process of implementing SFSP in healthcare institutions and highlights some innovative examples. Outcome data and resources, including an implementation guide, will also be shared. The goal is to encourage nutrition professionals to be the voice for the hungry and rally more institutions in the fight against hunger!
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • State the connection between food insecurity, health and the cost of healthcare and how the USDA's summer feeding program (SFSP) provides an opportunity for hospitals to fight hunger.


  • Citing innovative examples of existing programs, describe the process of implementing SFSP in hospitals and how to tailor the program to the operation.


  • Identify available resources and considerations specific to operating SFSP.
Live Event Date: May 22, 2018
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 4020, 4070, 4080
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 3.1.3, 12.1.1, 13.3.7
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN
Debbie Petitpain

Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the Food Security Solutions Fellow for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. In her fellowship, she is leading the development and implementation of a robust plan to promote increased awareness and use of the Food Security Solutions guide, which was developed by the Foundation, to the public health community and related stakeholders. In addition to her fellowship, Debbie is the Sodexo Wellness Director at the Medical University of South Carolinawhere she develops policies and programs to advance health on campus and in the community. In 2016, she received a Hero of Everyday Life award for her volunteer efforts to fight hunger in the community by establishing the first hospital USDA Summer Meal Program in the Southeast with the Kids Eat Free at MUSC program. She is committed to helping other institutions replicate this program or any other that promotes health and wellness to the people they serve.

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