Completing the Feeding the Hungry Patch Program® is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Nutrition Advocate Patch. Your volunteer experience will help provide you with the knowledge needed to advocate for better nutrition in your community. You can also opt to complete the Feeding the Hungry Patch Program® requirements during the time you earn this patch.
Things to find out:
- How can you eat healthier? Helpful Link: President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition
- How does poor nutrition effect health? Consequences of Poor Nutrition
- Why are so many Americans overweight? Helpful Link: Obesity in America
- How does being overweight effect your health? Helpful Link: The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity
- What is the nutritional value of a school meal supposed to be? Helpful Link: School Nutrition Standards
- Do kids each school lunches? Helpful Link: Why Are Children Throwing Away School Lunches?
- Why is childhood obesity a special problem? Helpful Link: Health Problems and Childhood Obesity
- Why are some states more obese than others? Helpful Link: America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common
- What is Food Insecurity? Helpful Link: What is Food Insecurity?
Requirement 2: Do It!
Choose a nutrition issue to advocate for. Some ideas:
- Advocate for better cooking and eating habits in your family by helping out with the shopping and cooking. Helpful Links: 10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier, 19 Clever Ways to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget
- Advocate for healthier food choices at school. Helpful Link: Salad Bars to Schools
- Publish a healthy meal cookbook. Ask people in the community to submit recipes for their favorite healthy meals.
- Make healthy snacks to share with your friends.
- Set up a nutrition awareness booth and hand out flyers.
- Get restaurants in your community to sign up for the Feedie app.
- Get local restaurants to provide nutritional information on their menus or website.
- Advocate for healthy meal options from local restaurants.
- Post a daily healthy meal recipe on your community Facebook page.
- Advocate to have a farmer’s market in your town.
Who do you want to reach? Some ideas:
- Your Family
- Your Neighbors
- Politicians — Helpful link: How to Contact Your Elected Officials
- Your Classmates
- Your Fellow Worshipers
- Other Groups or Organizations
How will you reach them? Helpful link: How to Advocate for Your Cause
- Talk to them. Consider wearing a button as a conversation starter.
- Hand out flyers. Consider setting up a booth to collect donations if allowed.
- Hang tags on doors and mail boxes.
- Make posters.
- Reach out with social media such as Facebook.
- Send a press release to your local newspaper or school newspaper. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
Always remember to thank those who helped with your advocacy program.
Ways to say Thank You:
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
- Give certificates of appreciation.
Discuss Your Advocacy Project
- Do you think your advocacy project helped to promote better nutrition?
- Will you continue?
- What else can you do to further promote good nutrition in your community?
Congratulations! You have earned the Nutrition Advocate patch. It can be purchased at our partner site MakingFriends®.com.
You can become an Outreach Welfare Advocate by earning all 5 outreach advocate level patches.
Did completing this Patch Program® give you some ideas for becoming a Nutrition Delegate?
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