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Nestor Methodist Church selected as April Nonprofit Partner of the Month!

In the past year, the equivalent of more than 82,000 meals (98,963 pounds of food) have been distributed by this dedicated group of staff and volunteers of Nestor Methodist Church’s food program. Each month they provide nearly 300 households with emergency food, reaching more than 1,300 people facing hunger. This site provides monthly EFAP packages…

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Nutrition Notes: Celebrate National Gardening Month

April is National Gardening Month! As the warmer temperatures are upon us, it marks the perfect time to start your very own garden. So what are the benefits of having your own garden? Nutritious and Tasty Food: Research has shown that home grown foods are usually more nutrient dense and sometimes freshly gardened produce can…

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Nutrition Notes: What to do when you have a picky eater at home

While having a picky child may be stressful, it is (in most cases) a normal part of development. Disliking a new fruit or vegetable the first time they try it is a very normal reaction. As long as their refusal doesn’t involve all foods, it’s generally not a problem. In this case, persistence counts. In…

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Fallbrook Food Pantry selected as March Nonprofit Partner of the Month!

In the past year, 381,407 pounds of food (the equivalent of 317,839 meals) were distributed by this dedicated group of staff and volunteers at the Fallbrook Food Pantry. They operate a comprehensive program, utilizing a variety of resources available to them. About 1/3 of the product they distribute is EFAP commodities, 1/3 is fresh produce and…

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Nutrition Notes: Composting 101

With springtime and planting season right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about how we can create a healthy growing environment. Composting does just that! It provides much more nutrient-rich growing soil (ensuring bigger and better plants) while providing a sustainable recycling option for consumers and reducing overall waste. There are quite…

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Nutrition Notes: March is National Nutrition Month!

National Nutrition Month has a long history beginning in 1980 when Congress decided to expand National Nutrition Week to encompass the entire month of March. The purpose of the month is to spread nutrition information and education to the community by promoting sound eating practices and physical activity habits. National Nutrition Month is sponsored by…

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Nutrition Notes: Snacking with a purpose

All parents understand that it is important to provide healthy snacks to children, but did you know most kids get over a quarter of their daily calories from snacking? A 2010 study reported that sixty percent of children skip a meal, typically breakfast. Often the caloric deficiency is made up through snacking. These recent studies…

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Nutrition Notes: How to become a DIY granola guru

Granola is known as a breakfast favorite around the world. Some people view granola as a power-packed health food, while others think it is chalked full of unnecessary calories. Store-bought granola can be expensive, but the great news is you can make your own and it is usually less expensive! Granola is a fun and…

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Serving & Sharing Foundation selected as February Agency of the Month!

The Serving & Sharing Foundation started distributing EFAP commodities packages last April, and have become a leading agency in a very short amount of time. When they initially contacted the Food Bank about running an EFAP site, there was a great need for food assistance in the Valley Center area. This group from Chula Vista decided if the need…

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Nutrition Notes: Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is a powerhouse of a vitamin, because it plays an important role in bone strength, our immunity, and cell growth. Adequate levels of vitamin D have also been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. On the other side, not getting enough vitamin D can cause a loss of bone…

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