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 Webinar Date: May 22, 2018   (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST)
Course Categories / 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

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

Debbie Petitpain, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian with Sodexo at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. As the Wellness Director in the Office of Health Promotion, 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-based USDA Summer Meal Program in the Southeast with the Kids Eat Free program at MUSC, which provided over 13,000 free meals to kids in the first 3 years. Since then, Debbie has consulted with numerous healthcare organizations starting similar programs and has collected examples of today's best practices. She has presented this body of work on behalf of the USDA and non-profits such as No Kid Hungry to hospital administrators, state associations and to anyone who wants to learn more about it!

Debbie graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Masters in Nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has worked for Sodexo since 2003.

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