Join Food Finders Food Bank for our new luncheon series, Nourish & Knowledge. We invite community members to enjoy a healthy lunch
We invite community members to enjoy a healthy lunch and learn from national and local experts about how to fight hunger in our own backyard, improve food security among low-resource populations, limit food waste with retail pick-up programs, and the future of hunger relief in North Central Indiana.
Nourish & Knowledge will be the second Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1:30pm
Topic: Food insecurity, dietary patterns, and health of Midwestern Food Pantry Clients
A high percentage of food pantry clients experience very low food insecurity, or the situation of inadequate food, both with regard to amount and variety. Such disrupted dietary patterns are linked with low dietary quality as compared with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and with several negative health outcomes. This talk will feature the results of “hot off the press analyses” investigating the food security, dietary patterns, and health outcomes among Indiana food pantry clients in the Food Finders service region and among a sample of Midwestern Food Pantry clients from poor, rural counties. Application of the results may be used to improve diet and health in this vulnerable population.
Bio: Dr. Heather Eicher-Miller is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition Science whose research focuses on improving food insecurity in the United States. To investigate this problem and identify solutions, Dr. Eicher-Miller analyzes large data sets and collects data in community settings. She is particularly interested in how federal nutrition assistance programs may improve food insecurity and how food pantries may also play a part in the solution to food insecurity. She received a BA from Bluffton College in Bluffton Oh, a MS and PhD from Purdue University in Foods and Nutrition. She has been an Assistant Professor since 2013.
Dr. Heather Eiker Miller’s post-doctorate and graduate student will also be contributing to the discussion.
Dr. Yibin Liu is a Postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Heather Eicher-Miller’s lab at Purdue University. Her research is focused on identifying health and nutrition disparities among food-insecure and low-resource populations. She is involved in community-based studies that investigate the effects of nutrition education, program, and policy interventions on food security, diet, and overall health in rural communities. She received an MS and Ph.D. from Indiana University in Nutrition Science and Environmental Health.
Breanne Wright, M.S. is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Nutrition Science under the mentorship of Dr. Heather Eicher-Miller at Purdue University. Her doctoral research investigates the efficacy of a community-targeted intervention on improving the nutritional quality of foods offered at emergency food pantries, as well as food security and dietary quality among food pantry clients. Breanne earned her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her M.S. in Nutrition Science at Purdue University.
Tickets are $20. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 765.471.0062
(Thursday) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm