Island Harvest-Northwell Health Food as Health Program
The Island Harvest-Northwell Health Food as Health Program is a partnership between Island Harvest and Northwell Health. Food as Health is currently operating at two Northwell sites; Valley Stream and South Side hospitals. The program is a hospital-based, healthy food pantry, and nutrition education program. These unique programs provide food insecure individuals with access to healthy food options and, as well, access to our Island Harvest Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). The program has been incredibly successful in addressing food insecurity and the endemic lack of quality nutrition for the people we serve. Island Harvest RDNs provide tailored nutrition counseling and assist clients, on-site, in choosing wholesome, delicious foods that meet the needs of their prescribed diets.
Leveraging the successes and lessons learned, from our Food as Health initiative, we have established the Island Harvest Nutrition Pathways Program. Nutrition Pathways is an extension and refinement of our hospital-based initiatives. This novel program partners with Family and Children’s Association in two of their outpatient substance abuse programs. Program Participants are offered intensive nutrition counseling by an Island Harvest RDN. With the guidance of the RDN, clients also shop for foods in the on-site, health-conscious pantry and are invited to participate in weekly nutrition education and cooking demonstration workshops that reinforce healthy eating while at the same time provide practical cooking and shopping advice.
Nutrition Workshops and the Nutrition & Wellness Task Force
Island Harvest Nutritionists provide ongoing nutrition and cooking demonstration workshops for member agencies. Our Nutrition and Wellness Task Force is a volunteer group that provides support to Island Harvest Nutrition Education Programs. Members are credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), students who have recently completed their RDN internship, or current RDN interns. For additional information, please contact Kathleen Emmett, Nutrition Program Supervisor directly at 631-873-4775.
This initiative has allowed us to expand the reach of our nutrition education program. Island Harvest Registered Dietitians provide nutrition training to our member agency leadership who then share what they have learned with their pantry guests. Workshops are done in conjunction with member Food Safety and Orientation programs. For additional information, please contact Kathleen Emmett, Nutrition Program Supervisor directly at 631-873-4775.
Healthy Pantry Partners
Through the Healthy Pantry Partners program, Island Harvest Nutritionists provide guidance to our member agency food pantries that enable them to create a pantry environment that supports and reinforces healthier food choices for clients. To enroll your pantry in the program, please contact Kathleen Emmett, Nutrition Program Supervisor directly at 631-873-4775.
Dietetic Internship Program
Island Harvest Nutritionists are preceptors for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in-training. We provide supervision and training for interns participating in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ approved internship programs. Dietetic programs are affiliated with hospitals and universities across the country.
Youth Produce Program Nutrition Education
Our Youth Produce Program provides a variety of nutritious produce to children and their families at participating sites as well as food and nutrition workshops and our monthly Nutrition Newsletter. Leadership at each site is also invited to attend our annual nutrition seminar, which reinforces and supports our mission to increase fruit and vegetable intake among the families we serve.