In honor of Feed VA Day of Action, we’re highlighting Virginia Family Nutrition Program’s educators who take action every day as they empower Virginians to make good food choices, work to eliminate food deserts and strive to end hunger in our state.
Our Program Assistants, SNAP-Ed Agents and volunteers work with individuals and families by teaching them grocery shopping strategies, meal planning tips, cooking skills, food safety skills, and tips for maintaining active lifestyles. These are the folks who work in their communities, sharing their knowledge and giving people tools to make healthy choices for their families.
Are you interested in helping us in our mission? We are always looking for volunteers to work with our educators throughout Virginia. Take action to end hunger in your community. Contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Nakesha Moore, City of Lynchburg Program Assistant.
Jeanell Smith, City of Lynchburg Program Assistant.
Faye Anderson, Fluvanna County Program Assistant.
Pauline Stokes, SNAP-Ed agent for Amherst, Campbell, Appomattox, Charlotte, Prince Edward, Buckingham, Cumberland, Amelia, Nottoway and Lunenburg Counties.
Ann Vargo, SNAP-Ed agent for Greater Richmond area.
Rumel Johnson, Chesapeake County Program Assistant.
Alani Adkins, SNAP-Ed agent for Danville City, Henry, Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties.
It is my pleasure to introduce you all to one of our very accomplished Program Assistants, Tia P. Tia is a fixture of her community in Greensville/Emporia and Southampton, VA, where she has been teaching both youth and adults how to Eat Smart and Move More on a budget for the last four years. Continue reading
It’s been a year and a half since I started getting to know you all over social media and I haven’t properly introduced myself. My sincerest apologies. But today, you will get to know me better so that you can put a face to the person behind this blog, our Facebook pages, Twitter handle and YouTube channel.
That’s me! And now you know who’s behind FNP’s social media profiles.
What do you do at work?
Like I said before, I’ve been working with the Family Nutrition Program for about a year and a half as their social media manager and loving every minute. I am the behind the scenes person for all of FNP’s online projects, the social media sites, the blog, and our website. Since I am a Registered Dietitian, I also get to lend my expertise to assist in making sure the info we share in FNP is up-to-date and accurate.
Best part of the job?
All of this means that my job is always new and always exciting. The best parts of my job is answering questions people ask on Facebook or the blog and creating all those cute images I’ve been posting recently. I also help Virginia Tech dietetic students make the wonderful videos we have on YouTube. (We’re currently working on another 8 videos, so keep an eye out for them around May or June.)
Five Fast Facts about Austin
- I am originally from Floyd, VA and moved back there when I got this job.
- I have been a dedicated volleyball player since high school and started coaching for the first time this year. This is how I prefer to Move More.
Look at that form!
- I got interested in nutrition when I first moved out on my own and was learning how to cook. For me, cooking is the foundation of Eating Smart and all healthy choices flow from there.
- My favorite recipes are usually made in muffin tins, like this one from FNP: Mini Meatloaves. It’s such a fun and cute way to make meatloaf, veggie burgers or spaghetti and meatballs.
- My favorite foods in each MyPlate group are: eggs, pomegranate, plain Greek yogurt, air popped popcorn and beets (you know this one if you follow FNP on Facebook!).
I bet you have wondered about who exactly is talking to you on Facebook or this blog. What questions do you have that I didn’t answer? Ask away in the comments section.
For our very first Faces of FNP profile, I will be introducing you to Pam W, winner of July’s FNP Facebook Engagement Challenge and FNP Program Assistant in Prince William County. Pam is loving her Facebook page because she is able to reach more people and it makes her feel like what she is doing matters.
Pam teaches adult clients about nutrition, physical activity, food safety and food budgeting in Prince William County. Prince William County covers Manassas, Manassas Park, Woodbridge, Triangle, Quantico, Dumfries, Lake Ridge and Dale City. (So if you live in these areas, be sure to like her on Facebook to keep up to date with her class schedule and events.)
Pam has been working with FNP for 8 years and is motivated by helping her clients make positive changes in their life, including losing weight, budgeting for food better or eating smarter. One of the most inspiring success stories she has had while working at FNP was helping a man achieve his dream of becoming a chef.
He first came into her program while living at a homeless shelter. After graduating from the program, he later came back to take Cooking Matters, where he shared with Pam his dream of becoming a chef. Well, about 6 months later, Pam bumped into him at the grocery store. He proudly told her about his new dream job: chef at a local church’s free cafe program (soup kitchen). There he cooks over 500 free meals a week for his community and uses what he learned from Pam and FNP to make these meals healthier. He invited her to come visit for dinner and see the difference he was making. Because of this job, he was able to finally afford housing for himself and move out of the shelter.
Fun Facts About Pam
- Her favorite healthy food is salad.
- Her favorite way to move more is by cleaning her house and gardening (which burns 330 calories an hour!).
- If she were a fruit or veggie, she would be watermelon, her favorite summer fruit.
- Her dream for the future is to move somewhere warm (she hates the cold!) and spend more time with her husband and grand kids. She also would like to have more free time to spend on her favorite hobbies- motorcycles and boats.
Pam and her bike
Let’s give a big thanks to Pam for all her hard work in helping her clients. If you are one of Pam’s clients, feel free to share a story of how she has touched your life in the comments.