Monday, 6 May 2019

Community Nutrition

Community Nutrition Introduction St. Anne’s Soup Kitchen entails a privately owned firm located in Hamden, CT and remains a single location enterprise. The business is classified under the Social Service and Welfare Organization. More so, the company was developed in 2001 and integrated into Connecticut and the recent estimates indicate that the yearly revenues of the business stand at 55143 US dollars and permanent staff are three. The company welcomes donations and volunteers to assist in serving the needy population in the community and provides kitchen soup and food pantry services to the people. The essay will concentrate on St. Anne's Soup Kitchen in Hamden and the Feeding America network. Contact information for St. Ann’s kitchen Soup includes 930 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514 and their phone contacts are 203-562-5700. The company operates from Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 1:00pm and is grouped as an emergency food provider and they provide services such as food pantry and Soup Kitchen. More so, the company offers food assistance services including Soup Kitchens. The clients for St. Anne’s soup kitchen includes the needy children, youth, adults, and the elderly with the aim of making them feel a sense of belonging and appreciated by the church. The contact person includes Lucy, who manages the food pantry and soup kitchen at St. Anne’s kitchen soup as observed by (United States Department of Agriculture, 2017). Christ the Bread of Life Parish, (2019) states that the Soup Kitchen was developed by Fr. Bonadies from St. Ann’s church who realized that the church building did not possess a connection with the current population residing in the area and decided to reach out to the community and make them appreciated by the church through feeding them and providing assistance for their households through emergency pantry. Fr. Bonadies joined hands with the Christ Chapel church to realize their mission of reaching out to the new population in the area and make them feel important and part of the church. They believed that they could attain their mission by feeding them, and helping them and they formed the St. Ann/Christian Union Soup kitchen. The soup kitchen was in operation for several years, but the internal management irreconciliation problems made it collapse. However, St. Anne’s soup kitchen continue its operations and different groups have assisted St. Anne's kitchen soup including the entire Hamden parishes that provide support and funds to run the kitchen soup including the Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, Hamden which volunteers to work and help in the Soup kitchen. They have also received support and funds from the Knights of Columbus as explained by Christ the Bread of Life Parish, (2019). Once a person is interested in volunteering, him /her Calls Lucy in charge of the kitchen soup and the pantry at st. Anne. The volunteers assist the kitchen soup in assisting and serving the needy in the society and I decided to volunteer at St. Anne’s kitchen soup. During my volunteering, I took down all the tables and chairs in their respective places and wiped them. I further folded the napkins and wrapped the forks using the napkins and laid down the tables in preparation for the customers. I discovered that Soup Kitchen remains unique and all one could smell were fresh bread and homemade soups that attracted everyone and made every person yearn for the meals. We welcomed people at the kitchen soup despite their status and people streamed into the soup kitchen including the disabled, homeless, families, children, adults, and the elderly in the community. They were also allowed to take home packed food for their family members and friends who could not make it to the soup kitchen because of various reasons, such as sickness, disability, and unavailability at the time the meals were served. The soup kitchen served balanced meals including fruits, vegetables, and drinks such as milk and juices and all one could hear, were happy people laughing, and talking as well as bonding as they ate their meals happily. The meals are provided free of charge and everybody in the community benefits from the services. The soup kitchen had adequate foods for every person, including those at home and their facilities and utensils seemed adequate to hold and serve people. The staff were very friendly and loving to the people and made them feel a sense of belonging and they would go back for more and the staff would serve them without any problems. My experience at St. Anne’s Soup Kitchen made me realize how such programs can benefit the needy in the society and how it could provide warmth and safety for everybody in the community and how it can enhance human dignity, spiritual growth and companionship. A community nutritionist can impact the St. Anne’s kitchen soup through showing them how they can nutritional improvement for the population, including the children, adults and the elderly to eliminate chronic diseases and other illnesses associated with poor eating habits. A community nutritionist can also help the community and the soup kitchen to in determining their nutrition and food issues and adopt the most appropriate interventions to deal with the issue (Mason, Sanders, Soekirman, & Galloway, 2006). According to Feeding America, (2019), millions of Americans continue to struggle to survive due to the stagnant salaries/wages, joblessness and increasing costs of living. More than forty million individuals depend on the Feeding America Network every year for additional support. In America, hunger impacts all humans and most of the US citizens remain a medical crisis away or one job loss away from food insecurity. However, the most affected population includes seniors and children. One out of six kids may not recognize where they will obtain their next meal from in America and more than twelve million children in the US face hunger and getting the required energy to develop and learn to remain a challenge. In the US, almost five million elderly citizens experience hunger and most of the families with the elderly people face the challenge of medical care and purchasing grocery for them. America expects the aging population to increase as the baby boom population ages and Feeding America is trying to avoid the issue. In most farms and rural communities, people experience hunger at a higher rate because of the challenges presented by the remote livelihood of increased likelihood of food deserts and food banks and pantry food that remain a distance away, underemployment unemployment and availability of low-paying jobs in the industries. In the US, the African America families experience hunger at a higher rate than the non-Hispanics and the white populations due to lower household income, and neighborhoods with the highest rates of food insecurity in Mississipi where sixty percent of the population resides as discussed by (Feeding America, 2019). More so, one in four African America kids’ struggles to get adequate food to eat. The Latino community experience hunger and 1 in 6 Latino families face hunger and one in four Latino children remain at risk of hunger compared to the Non-Hispanic kids and the white children In America, forty million Americans face hunger and a similar number live in poverty. 72 percent of the families under the Feed America Network in 2014 were below the poverty line level and had a median yearly family income of 9,150 US dollars. However, the Feed America Network remains the largest local hunger-relief agency and together with the government, businesses, charities, and people, hunger comes to an end as discussed by (Feeding America, 2019). Feeding America, (2019) highlights that the Feeding America assist families in need through various programs, including the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, Senior Grocery Program, Kids Café, School Pantry program, BackPack program, Summer Child Nutrition Programs, Disaster FoodsAsistance, and Mobile Pantry Program. The Feeding America food bank network nationwide distributes and secures 4.3 million meals every year through meal programs and pantries in the US and leads the country to participate in fighting hunger and the food banks offer services in larger areas. Feeding America, (2019) states that food bank entails a non-profit company that gathers and distributes foods to the charities associated with hunger-relief and serves as the storage of foods and distribution depots for smaller organizations and they don't provide foods to people facing hunger directly. They all depend on volunteers and donors to perform their daily functions. The nearest location to SCSU includes the SCSU Food Center near Women & Trans Center I have learned that despite America using a lot of funds every year on food, many people in America still experience hunger and most of them fail including children fail to get meals required for their survival. More so, more than twelve million US children face hunger and getting the required energy to develop and grow remains a challenge. The elderly population, Latinos and the African American people still face hunger and people from rural areas possesses a higher rate of hunger due to challenges associated with living in remote areas. In conclusion, the essay concentrated on St. Anne’s Soup Kitchen in Hamden and the Feeding America network. St. Anne’s soup kitchen supports and assists the needy in the community and continue its operations and different groups have assisted St. Anne's kitchen soup including the entire Hamden parishes that provide support and funds to run the kitchen soup. Many people in America still experience hunger and most of them fail, including children fail to get meals required for their survival. More so, more than twelve million US children face hunger and getting the required energy to develop and grow remains a challenge. The elderly population, Latinos and the African American people still face hunger and people from rural areas possesses a higher rate of hunger due to challenges associated with living in remote areas. Feeding America assist families in need through various programs, including the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, Senior Grocery Program, Kids Café, School Pantry program, BackPack program, Summer Child Nutrition Programs, Disaster FoodsAsistance, and Mobile Pantry Program.   References Christ the Bread of Life Parish. (2019). St. Ann's Soup Kitchen 930 Dixwell Avenue Hamden, CT Lower Level. 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