Volunteer of the Month – Amanda Crosby
Faithfully teaching each month in our classroom on the first Tuesday at 1:30 pm, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with Franciscan Health Amanda Crosby makes her classes timely and extremely practical for those learning with her!
A graduate of Purdue University, Amanda got her start working with women and families in the WIC program before transitioning to clinical dietetics, where she now specifically educates folks regarding their diet and its connection to diabetes. Amanda has a knack for helping people find solutions and new ways of improving their health while making the process fun. Some recent classes she’s taught at Food Finders include a Cinco de Mayo theme, homemade Christmas ornaments filled with ingredients for making low-carb dip and making sense of dietary fat!
Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the transformation that comes when someone embraces a new type of food, recipe, tip, tool or method of cooking – no matter how small. “That may be small,” she says of the change, “but it will create huge ripples along the way for their health and for their family. It’s been a joy seeing ‘aha’ moments…it makes it all worth it!”
Amanda also serves as a consultant to our Education Coordinator as Food Finders continues to update its educational materials for classes, attends other Food Finders events including our Volunteer Social where her insight from the community members she works with in clinic provides valuable feedback to our programming and she has even brought her daughter’s Girl Scout troop on board to help volunteer with labeling repack bags!
When Amanda isn’t working or helping us out at Food Finders, you can find her eating her favorite food (tacos!) but mostly spending time outdoors either in the garden or walking, taking in nature. She says, “add a book and it’s a perfect combo!”
Thank you for all you do for Food Finders and our community – and congratulations, Amanda!