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Fran Alloway, MA, RD, LDN (Pennsylvania)

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I enjoyed using the Hunger in our Community Toolkit. The PowerPoint and handouts were ready to go and I only needed to download them to my computer and print the handouts. Doubling as worksheets, the handouts encouraged participants to think about how they could address hunger and obesity in their environments and write down these plans to take home or use in small group discussion. I plan to look at the other toolkits after using this one.

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Emily A. Cook, MS, RD, LDN (Rhode Island)

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While working as a registered dietitian for Early Intervention, I realized how much education is needed in our community about childhood hunger and obesity. These two extremely related conditions affect aspects of growth and development, anywhere from behavioral issues to cognitive growth. The Hunger in Our Community toolkit allowed me to educate parents and community leaders about taking action on this issue and improving outcomes for our children. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

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Jessica Ann Dogert, RD, LDN (Illinois)

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I had the privilege to present the Hunger in Our Community toolkit to roughly 50 teens as well as their parents. It was rewarding teaching the groups about how common hunger truly is in our society, as well as the effects that coincide with experiencing hunger. It was such a fun opportunity. Thanks, ConAgra Foods Foundation!

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Beverly J. Gor, EdD, RD, LD (Texas)

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The Hunger in our Community toolkit allowed me to increase awareness of the link between childhood obesity and hunger to my fellow dietitians, community members, and other stakeholders involved in addressing food insecurity in Houston.

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Glenda Lindsey, Dr. PH, MS, RD, LD (Maryland)

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The Hunger in Our Community mini-grant was a rewarding opportunity that allowed me to go out into the community to discuss such a serious public health issue. Lessons learned from both of my audiences, teens and adults, that there was little awareness of this topic and the presentations opened the eyes of both audiences. The mini-grant opened the door for me to meet and partner with others who are involved with food insecurity in the community. It also gave veteran organizations the know-how on ways they can serve as leaders to reduce food security in their community. It indeed was a worthwhile experience that I was so proud to be a part of such an effort. Thank you the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Kids Eat Right!

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Dorothy Lauren O'Connor, MS, RDN (California)

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The Kids Eat Right Healthy Eating-from the Ground Up toolkit was an ideal presentation for elementary school students. Using the school garden as a medium, I was able to add in exercises to compliment the lesson with hands-on participation. The toolkit is concise, informative and a perfect backbone for all my workshops. I had quite a gap between my two age groups (fourth grade and kindergarten), so the toolkit suggestion for engaging younger kids was very helpful.

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Jessica Rubino, Student (West Virginia)

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As a student at West Virginia University it was a new experience to be in front of the class instead of in it. I gave my presentation about food insecurity and obesity to a group of college students. It was fantastic to see fellow students engaged in an area that I am so passionate about. I loved knowing that I could spread my knowledge and now they can share theirs.

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San Diego State University Student Nutrition Organization (California)

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The San Diego State University Student Nutrition Organization (SNO) organized a Kids Eat Right gala and silent auction at their annual conference in November. As an organization they have a long history of community involvement, volunteering, and philanthropy. The SNO President, Carl Barnes, said, “I had a vision of stepping up our efforts to a large scale fundraising and educational event. The Kids Eat Right campaign matched perfectly with our objectives and the SNO officers unanimously agreed that Kids Eat Right is a more than admirable cause to support. With an objective in mind, we set out to put together an event that brings excitement, revenue, and community education for Kids Eat Right.” This was the first experience for the SNO in organizing an event of this magnitude. The event included a keynote speaker on child nutrition, information on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and Kids Eat Right. The event attracted 94 registered attendees and just over $2,000 was raised to support the San Diego State University Student Dietetic Association and Kids Eat Right.

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