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 is the Sodexo Wellness Director at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for more than 15 years and enjoys working with people looking to make dramatic diet and lifestyle changes to lose weight, improve their medical problems and get healthier! Currently, she works in the Office of Health Promotion creating programs and policies to promote wellness at work and to address food insecurity in the community. She graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Masters in Nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently volunteering as a national Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is doing a fellowship on food security with the Academy Foundation. At home, she and her husband model to their two young daughters how food nourishes the body, gives us energy, helps us grow and connects us to our community.

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