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Community Nutrition Resources

The goal of this community nutrition resource page is to provide reliable nutrition education resources. Many of the chronic health problems in our community such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be linked to poor diets and limited physical activity. However, today's media and news nutrition information may not always be factual or supported by research which can encourage consumers to participate in unhealthy and sometime harmful nutrition practices. In effort to provide sound and practical nutrition guidance, education materials, fact sheets, brief videos, recipes and links to resources that provide nutrition services and support, can be found below. You are encouraged to explore all of resources provided. 

The content made available on this page has been created through an initiative by Master of Nutrition student dietitians as service to the community. A goal of the NSU nutrition program is to prepare graduates who champion service to the community and profession through active roles in leadership and interprofessional practice. The nutrition students involved in the development of this resources page are future leaders in the community which this page serves. Enjoy!

Community Nutrition Partners

American Heart Association:

Services: An organization across the United States driven by volunteers to fight the many factors affecting cardiovascular health. They aim to be a relentless force for a world of longer and healthier lives. They support research, host educational events, have an annual Heart Walk, give CPR classes, and provide up to date health information for the public.

Common Threads:

Services: A national nonprofit organization that provides healthy cooking classes and nutrition education to children and families in an aim to help them make nutritious choices while on a budget. Some of their programs include Small Bites, virtual cooking classes (via Zoom), on-demand lessons, and parent workshops. At Common Threads, food is a symbol of culture and tradition therefore, all the recipes and lessons provided by Common Threads are culturally inclusive, while also being nutritious, affordable and delicious.

Healthiest Weight Florida:

Services: Department of Health initiative to join public and private resources to help allow the people of the state of Florida to make better, more informed decisions about healthy eating and staying active, gives ten week plan for running a 5k, service providing weekly emails giving tips for healthy living, tips and strategies for maintaining a healthy weight and how to get active

La Leche League International:

Services: The La Leche League is an international network focused on support and education for all things breastfeeding from the psychological components of breastfeeding to meeting the nutritional needs of each stage of the child. Find a local support group near you!

Miami Veterans Association:

Services: A comprehensive medical provider offering healthcare to veterans in South Florida. There is a focus on prevention and providing excellent care to fully honor veterans and their service to our country. Patient education events are hosted throughout the year to better serve them. Volunteers are welcome!

Special Olympics:

Services: Through the medium of sports this organization aims to give people with intellectual disabilities the ability to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents in sports training. Part of this is their offering of free health exams, health education events, partnerships with schools, and their unique Fit5 Guide tailored tool. Events are throughout the year and volunteers are always welcome.

The Fruitful Field: Community garden:

Services: A community garden that provides education and support for those who wish to grow their own fresh, organic vegetables. The Field also provides Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares subscriptions. Check out the services and support a local garden-farm.

The Fruitful Field: GrowCity Youth:

Services: The Fruitful Field created a GrowCity Youth program, where they provide youths ages 14 -18 with real-life paid internships. GrowCity Youth program fosters work-based learning experiences and garden tasks, healthy cooking, and eating while enhancing their leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and collaboration skills.

United Home Care:

Services: Home visits and assessments by RDN, Home delivered meals for homebound elders, referral services. AoA, alliance nutrition interventions.

Urban Farming Institute:

Services: An urban farm, market warehouse, resource center and community garden. It serves as an educational and demonstration facility for educators, health practitioners, gardeners, farmers, and regular consumers interested in urban farming. Come join the movement and get involved!

YMCA:

Services: With an aim to create confident and secure families and communities, the YMCA offers afterschool programs, youth sports, group exercise, aquatics, and special needs inclusion activities. Through fundraising and volunteers they impact an extensive amount of the community in South Florida to share in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility regardless of age, income, or background.

Meals on Wheels of South Florida:

Services: Serves seniors in Broward County providing both fresh and frozen meals to the homebound seniors over 60  or disabled. Most are low cost or free and they partner with local grocery stores. Apply online or contact them by phone.

Feeding South Florida:

Services: A regional outlet of Feeding America. they help with benefit applications including WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or SNAP food stamps. They also help feed Broward County students during the summer and operate a free, client choice food pantry with formula, hygiene or cleaning supplies and more.

Hope Outreach Center:

Services: Another all-inclusive non-profit assistance organization. Apply for food, meals, and groceries. Programs for school children including clothes and food offered too. Also learn about low income housing and utility help. Food Pantry 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Monday - Thursday)

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Food Pantry:

Services: To ensure patients have access to nutritional foods that support healing after discharge, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has established a Food Pantry. In partnership with Lions Club International and Feeding South Florida patients and their families who are facing food insecurities will receive nutritional foods to sustain them, while the patients continue to recover at home.

Poverello:

Services: Their goal is to provide nutritious food with understanding, respect and love for individuals who might be living with critical and chronic illness. Medically tailored food based on an individual’s condition is offered as well as medical nutrition therapy and other wellness services all without charge. People can receive support, food, and complementary health services. Volunteers are welcome!

The Pantry of Broward:

Services: Seniors in need living on low fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren throughout Broward County. They provide nutritious food monthly, affordable housing, gives a helping hand to raising grandchildren, and affordable healthcare and medication.

Together 4 Broward:

Services: Together4Broward is a taskforce of Broward service organizations collaborating during these extraordinary times to ensure our Broward community has access to critical resources, such as nutritious food.

WIC:

Services: A government nutrition supplemental program servicing pregnant/breastfeeding women and children 0-5. Must qualify with a specific socioeconomic status and can receive nutrition and breastfeeding education and assistance with purchasing specific foods and/or infant formula through their program.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Services: Resources for the general public and nutrition professionals surrounding nutrition, evidenced based research, education materials, advocacy for public policy, and credentialing and accreditation for dietetics and nutrition professionals. Find up to date information and the latest news regarding trends in nutrition, health, and fitness.

Baptist Health South Florida:

Services: Find events, services, and education surrounding children’s health, sleep health, exercise, maternity, weight-loss, support groups, cardiovascular health, and online classes.

Caribbean Health Initiative:

Services: Provides health and nutrition information targeted toward Caribbean consumers. Basic nutrition education materials are provided in English, Spanish, and Creole.

CDC Nutrition Department:

Services: Find healthy eating tips, information about infant and toddler nutrition, data and statistics, dietary guidelines, information related to breastfeeding, and links to nutrition tips on ChooseMyPlate.

Florida Citrus:

Services: Find recipes for all of Florida’s unique citrus, information about pick-your-own fruit, and resources such as coloring and more for children and teachers.

KellyMom Breastfeeding and Parenting:

Services: The KellyMom site provides evidence-based information on all topics kids; breastfeeding, pregnancy, health, nutrition, and parenting.

Mayo Clinic Food Substitution Guide:

Services: Excellent food substitution chart from the Mayo Clinic. It’s easy to swap ingredients to accommodate allergies, intolerances, or specific dietary patterns. The Mayo Clinic also has a wealth of nutrition resources that can be found at the bottom.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

Services: See here for nutrition tools and resources such as recipes, nutrition news, nutrition related curricula, and tips for parents! There are local community locations too!

USDA Nutrition Department:

Services: The perfect resource for credible nutrition information and resources. Look here to find printable materials/handouts, recipes, strategies for reaching a healthy weight, the Food Keeper app, and of course the USDA FoodData Central (to find out what's in the food you eat!).

Enriched Foods Miami:

Services: It is a nonprofit organization to reduce food waste by providing meals for those who are in need.

Florida Food Recovery Program (FFRP):

Services: This initiative is led by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). They provide nutritious food to consumers who rely on food assistance programs. Farmers allow volunteers to glean their fields after it has already been commercially harvested, then this produce is donated to local food banks and pantries.

Food Recovery Program:

Services: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Food Recovery Program works to recover food. Volunteers visit farms and collect surplus produce.

Food Rescue Us:

Services: Non-profit that will take uneaten food from grocers, restaurants, and other food establishments and re-delivers it to local hunger relief organizations.

Green Your Routine:

Services: The city of Ft. Lauderdale has a "Green Your Routine" site with tips for consumers and establishments in how to reduce their food waste. Some of their tips for consumers include: purchase wisely, use leftovers, and educate yourself about package dates!

Hungry Harvest:

Services: Located in Wynwood and rescues edible produce that has been lost during the growing, shipping and processing cycle of foodservice and distribution production. They create variety boxes to be shipped to the consumers doorstep. They also donate to SNAP markets and local hunger-solving organizations

Misfit Market:

Services: Subscription box of "ugly" or "weird" looking fruits and vegetables that would have otherwise gone to waste. Their mission is to "break the cycle of food waste by helping delicious food find a good home". These boxes also cost around 40% less than produce from the grocery store!

Move for Hunger:

Services: Volunteer and action-oriented organization that aims to redistribute non-perishable food when someone is moving, creates awareness about food waste and hunger through Team Move for Hunger, provides resources for food drives, advocacy, all in addition to volunteer opportunities.

SoSA Florida Gleaning Network:

Services: The Society of St. Andrew brings people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors. Faith based volunteer organization that accepts those of all beliefs and affiliations.

Waste Not for Want:

Services: This is a volunteer based group that rescues food from supermarkets, restaurants, and other businesses that is imperfect but still edible. These foods are then donated to local charities that help people in a hunger crisis. They challenge local chefs to make gourmet dishes from the foods they rescue.

Meals on Wheels of South Florida:

Services: Serves seniors in Broward County providing both fresh and frozen meals to the homebound seniors over 60 or disabled. Most are low cost or free and they partner with local grocery stores. Apply online or contact them by phone.

Meals on Wheels South Florida (Grocery Shopping Assistance Program):

Services: Most commonly known for its home delivered meals and congregate meal dining sites MOW have a Grocery Shopping Assistance program. Adults who have the means to buy groceries can receive assistance with their grocery shopping that would be done at a local Publix grocery store and in addition interact with members of the community.

211:

Services: Essential needs assistance. Resources to assist with food, housing, healthcare and others services.

The Elder Helpline:

Services: Call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) to find out if you or your loved ones are eligible to receive benefits and services from one or more of our programs.

Broward County’s ADRC Helpline:

Services: Area Agency on Aging’s Helpline is your starting point for finding aging, disability, and caregiver resources. The Helpline is available for adults 60 and over, along with adults with disabilities, caregivers, and others in Southwest Florida. Our staff can assist in English, Spanish, and nearly 200 other languages.

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at NSU:

Services: A cornerstone of every GWEP is to encourage, enhance, and continually promote the profession of geriatrics to students at all levels of education. Provides resources to community members and caregivers.

YMCA South Florida:

Services: Offers a variety of services including after-school care programs, Y MOST (Maximizing Out of School Time) provides children, teens and adults with a wide range of special needs, programs. Special Olympics partners with the Y to provide services to those with disability.

Special Olympics:

Services: Provides physical activity support and training for people with intellectual disabilities to improve their abilities and skills.

The Child Nutrition Sharing Site (CNSS):

Services: An online information center providing Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) with a means for sharing effective resources related to program operation.

Memorial Hospital Breastfeeding Support:

Services: Telephone counseling – A 24-hour hotline that provides answers to commonly asked questions and concerns about breastfeeding. The number is (912) 350-8164. Breastfeeding education – Breastfeeding classes for both expectant moms and new moms.

Office consultation – Our lactation consultant will meet one-on-one with all physician referrals and self-referrals by appointment. Breast feeding classes, register online

La Leche League Broward County:

Services: Breastfeeding support. La Leche League of Florida and Caribbean Islands La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who want to breastfeed. Meetings are FREE to attend.

Broward County Breastfeeding Coalition:

Services: The mission of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Broward County (Coalition) is to improve the health of Broward County residents by working collaboratively to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the norm. Resources including Physician tools and Resources Guide available on their website.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Support Line:

Services: Support groups and classes sponsored by the federal government's Women Infant and Children's nutrition program. Available to ALL regardless of if WIC participant or no.

Head Start/Early Intervention (Broward County):

Services: Early Head Start is a program for Pregnant women and children birth-2-years-old. Services such as speech/language evaluation, psychological referrals, and counseling are coordinated among programs to ensure families receive referrals and services in a timely manner. Family income must meet federal poverty guidelines.

Head Start/Early Intervention (Miami Dade County):

Services: Early Head Start is a program for Pregnant women and children birth-2-years-old. Services such as speech/language evaluation, psychological referrals, and counseling are coordinated among programs to ensure families receive referrals and services in a timely manner. Family income must meet federal poverty guidelines.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County:

Services: Mission is to strengthen families and improve birth outcomes in the underserved communities. Resources are located on their website.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Broward County:

Services: Nutrition education and services provided to Pregnant, breastfeeding moms and for infants and children to the age of 5.

My Mom Glow:

Services: Online Breastfeeding Consultations and Breastfeeding classes. Experienced certified lactation consultants speak both Spanish/English. Online Consultation.

Kelly Mom Breastfeeding and Parenting:

Services: Online information and resources on breastfeeding, pregnancy, health & nutrition. COVID 19 Recommendations and community resources are provided. Online Consultation.

Women’s Health and Breastfeeding:

Services: Provides tips suggestions and resources on breastfeeding. A Department of Health and Human Services website with information and resources on Breastfeeding in both English and Spanish. Online Consultation.

Family Nutrition Center:

Services: Nutrition counseling and support by Licensed and registered dietitians who works with clients of all ages. English and Spanish languages spoken. Online Consultation.

The Milk Collective:

Services: Certified lactation consultant provides virtual and in home consultations, register online. Serves both Miami Dade and Broward County areas. English and Spanish languages spoken. Online Consultation.

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