Free Meals for 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
Expiration Date: May 22, 2021
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 believes the healthiest foods are those that come from as close to the ground as possible – and require a fork to be eaten! Debbie has many areas of interest and specialty including plant-based diets, food security, health technology, culinary nutrition, intermittent fasting, workplace wellness, men’s nutrition, African American nutrition, the dietary guidelines and more.

With more than 15 years’ experience as a master’s trained registered dietitian nutritionist, she has served as a national spokesperson for the media, created an award-winning culinary nutrition graduate course, started food security programs in hospitals across the country and provided direct patient care to those undergoing dramatic diet and lifestyle changes to lose weight, improve their medical problems and get healthier!

Debbie is the Wellness Director in the Office of Health Promotion at the Medical University of South Carolina where she develops policies and programs to advance health on campus and in the community. She is also the Director for Research, Development and Innovation for Synergasia Health driving the design, implementation, testing, evaluation and validation of scalable strategies that improve social determinants and advance health equity.

Debbie graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Masters in Nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. 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.

Other Webinars by this Presenter/Organization:
Plant-Based Diets

Maximizing The Benefits of Plant-Based Diets: Balancing Nutrient Needs and Patient Preferences

On Demand
Live Date: (Dec 01,2020)
Expiration Date: (Nov 30,2023)

Rating: 4.95 out of 5

Instructor: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN

Duration: 1 hour

Food and the Workplace: Changing the Culture of Cupcakes

Food and the Workplace: Changing the Culture of Cupcakes

On Demand
Live Date: (Oct 08,2019)
Expiration Date: (Oct 07,2022)

Rating: 4.73 out of 5

Instructor: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN

Duration: 1 hour

CBD: What’s the Buzz

CBD: What's the Buzz?

On Demand
Live Date: (Sep 19,2019)
Expiration Date: (Sep 18,2022)

Rating: 4.55 out of 5

Instructor: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN

Duration: 1 hour