Hear from Danielle Williams, CHP Family Care Connection health coach, about her work and how her organization is connected to 412 Food Rescue!
What does your organization do?
A List of our Basic Programming (all our programs and offerings are strengths based –i.e. building upon skills and resources families already have):
- Parenting classes (appropriate discipline, home safety, child development awareness)
- Health education (walking clubs, healthy cooking, grocery shopping, open discussion with health coach)
- Kindergarten Readiness (building skills for success in school, children ages 3-5)
- Toddler Time (parent-child interaction based learning, children ages 1-3)
- Tummy Time (education for new moms, lead by our nurse (Patty!), for non-walking infants)
- Home Visiting (families can sign-up to have monthly visits at home with one of our staff to access developmental benchmarks for their preschool aged children and family goal planning)
- Parent-child Interaction based special events (for example, this month we have “ Dino Night”)
- Parent Leader Group (formative and fueling decision making for our center programming as well as opportunity to give feedback)
- Fatherhood (especially for fathers, a safe space to meet and discuss parenting topics particularly related to fatherhood, men only
Our Special Events, Field Trips and Parenting class topics and locations rotate. They are all either held at the center or in the Lawrenceville area.
What is your role in the organization?
I am a health coach and my role is to oversee health and wellness integration into all programming and appropriate home visits within the 5 family support centers under Children’s Hospital.
What is your organization’s biggest challenge in terms of supporting food insecure individuals and families?
Our biggest challenge is supporting families in crisis situations. Often times we have families that don’t express their need until it is emergent. In these situations they are often in need of resources beyond their current food assistance.
What has been your favorite delivery since your partnership with us?
We received a donation from Whole Foods with a wide variety of items. Our families loved trying new items and getting to use some that they would often consider a luxury (example: coconut water and organic produce.)
If you could give someone one reason to volunteer with 412 Food Rescue, what would it be?
Volunteers are vital to 412 Food Rescue. As a volunteer your eager attitude and selfless giving of time to deliver food is often turns what would be wasted food into a much needed resource for families in need. We are so appreciative of each and every 412FR volunteer, THANK YOU!