|Healthy Pantry Initiative: Meet our Registered Dietitian!
Meet Megan Greevy, Healthy Pantry Initiative Program Coordinator and registered dietitian. Megan completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition at Mansfield University, then went on to do her dietetic internship and master’s degree through East Carolina University in North Carolina. Prior to joining Feeding PA, Megan worked in healthcare with UPMC Pinnacle as a registered dietitian, working with patients to address weight management and chronic diseases.
Megan will be working with the member food banks to increase healthy food and beverage distribution within the food pantries. The work will include developing/gathering nutrition education materials, educational programming, meeting infrastructure/equipment needs, and data collection.
Megan and her husband Scott live in Mechanicsburg with their two puppies that are like their children. They love to spend time outdoors especially hiking and camping. Megan loves all things food! In the spring and summer months Megan can spend hours out in her garden. Megan also enjoy cooking and trying new foods.
“I am very excited to be a part of Feeding Pennsylvania and the Healthy Pantry Initiative. I look forward to spreading my love for food and nutrition to the food banks and the individuals that use the food banks. I believe that all people should have access to healthy food and I also believe this is key to supporting wellness within our communities,” said Megan.
Fill a Glass With Hope® Annual Kickoff
January 4 – Food bank leaders, sponsors, media representatives, and distinguished guests such as Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary Russell Redding, and former Philadelphia Eagle, Jason Avant, gathered with us to at the PA Farm Show at the PA Farm Show to kick off our 2019 Fill a Glass with Hope® program. With the help of our member food banks and 20 sponsors, including our Keystone Champion Sponsors who donated $25,000 each, FirstEnergy Foundation, Giant, and Weis Markets, we raised over $136,000! With this money, Feeding PA’s members will provide fresh milk to families and individuals in need across the state.
Since 2015, our food banks have distributed more than 10 million servings of milk thanks to Fill a Glass with Hope®! We would also like to thank our partners, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and the American Dairy Association Northeast for all of their help in making sure that nobody goes without the essential nutrients that milk provides.
Meeting with our Public Officials
January 9 – There are many traditions that come along with Farm Show week such as our Fill a Glass with Hope® kickoff, the butter sculpture unveiling, and Public Officials Day. During the Public Officials Day luncheon, hosted by Farm Show Executive Director Sharon Altland and Secretary Russell Redding, we had the chance to hear inspiring stories from four speakers that represented an array of agricultural expertise ranging from land conservation, to forestry, and to urban recycling. We partnered with Hunter’s Sharing the Harvest in hosting sponsors and food bank friends at this event, as seen in the photo below.
Meeting with our Friends in Agriculture
January 29 – 31 – As in previous years, food sourcers from across the Feeding Pennsylvania network joined us at an information table at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention. At MAFVC we are able to meet with produce farmers throughout the state to spread the word about our fresh produce programs like the PA Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative (MARC). Being able to connect with members of the agriculture community helps us source more fresh and local produce. Representatives from Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of North West PA, Central PA Food Bank, Feeding America, and the MARC were in attendance.
Bailey Giesbrecht – Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA (left)
Lori Diefenbacher – Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (right)
Beth Hamilton – Central PA Food Bank (left)
James DeMarsh – Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative (center)
Robert Amsterdam – Feeding America (right)
February 5 – Feeding PA visited the Capitol for the annual event, Cornucopia: A Taste of Pennsylvania, which is held by the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations. Feeding Pennsylvania had an informational table to talk about our relationship with PA’s agriculture community and the importance of having access to fresh food. This event is a great way for legislators to meet with the agriculture community to see firsthand the importance of the hard work they do every day. Members from the dairy, potato, beekeeping, and many other industries joined us in sampling what our bountiful community has to offer. As Secretary Russell Redding stated perfectly “You can’t tell the story of Pennsylvania without agriculture.”
February 7 – Feeding PA attended the Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Conference in Lancaster which served as a great backdrop with nearly 5,500 farms in Lancaster County alone. We hosted a session, “Farm to Food Bank: How to Work with Food Banks to Feed Your Neighbors” with partners, James DeMarsh, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative, Robert Amsterdam, Regional Fresh Produce Sourcer with Feeding America, Eric Orndorff, Director of Agency and Program Services with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and Pete Flynn, owner of Pete’s Produce Farm in Chester County.
By connecting our food banks directly to their local farms we are able to use state funding through the PA Agricultural Surplus System to source product that could potentially be wasted. It’s a win-win! We get to help our agriculture friends and they get to provide fresh local product to people in their communities that need it the most.
Jane Clements-Smith – Feeding Pennsylvania
James DeMarsh – Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative