We acknowledge that there is a health disparity among socio-economic and racial lines that food banks have a unique opportunity to contribute to changing. For example, one in ten Americans have diabetes, however three in ten people that use food banks (nationwide) have diabetes. It's time for change.
- Lynnwood Food Bank's director is a preceptor with Seattle Pacific University, providing supervision during the community rotation of a dietetic internship. Graduates with degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics or Food and Nutrition or Food and Nutrition with Sports and Exercise Emphasis are required to do a one-year internship program before they can take the test to become a Registered Dietician. Lynnwood Food Bank hosts and supervises interns throughout the school year.
- Nutrition education materials are distributed to customers, along with social media posts to increase understanding of how food affects our bodies.
- Cooking demonstrations take place live, twice per month. Additional cooking demonstrations are filmed and posted on our YouTube and Facebook pages to teach people new recipes, new techniques, and more nutrition about the foods we eat.
- Nutrition Tips are shared in our nutrition handouts, but we also film nutrition videos for our social media pages to increase access to all this wonderful information.
- Dietetic interns spend time with customers, offering one on one time to talk about food and how it affects our health and to answer questions.