Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Nutrition Outreach Table

In Soup Kitchen Stories on May 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm


Aside from offering a hot meal, our social services center, and other programs throughout the week, we welcome outreach tables from other organizations into the soup kitchen each weekday to provide valuable resources for our guests.

One of our newest resources is nutrition advice provided by Jannie Wolff, Community Educator for Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Jannie has been coming to the soup kitchen every Tuesday to provide health tips and keep our guests healthy and knowledgeable.

Many health conditions are particularly prevalent among homeless and low income individuals, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Holy Apostles provides nutritious meals for our guests, by offering fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. But many of our guests rely on other soup kitchens and food pantries for other meals. Other soup kitchens around the city don’t have the same focus on nutrition, and many of our guests don’t have full kitchens to prepare healthy meals throughout the week.

“It’s especially hard for people who rely on soup kitchens to keep a nutritious diet. It’s important that people don’t miss meals, and eat nutritious meals with quality ingredients,” Jannie says. “Nutrition affects not only physical health and well-being but it also affects our emotional and mental health and well-being.”

Jannie has been teaching about health and nutrition through Cornell’s Cooperative Extension since 2009, and has heard a lot about Holy Apostles. “Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is fantastic. I’ve heard such great things about it, so I wanted to come and help out here,” Jannie says.

Wondering about some simple tips? You may not realize that processed lunch meat is loaded with sodium. And while a salad is a healthy choice, some salad dressings are very unhealthy. Also, portion size can make all the difference between a healthy meal and a horrible one.

“Whatever situation you’re in, you can eat healthy. A lot of people coming to soup kitchens feel hopeless and like they can’t do anything about their health. I give them hope and help them realize that they can find ways to eat healthy,” Jannie says.


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