Spring 2015 Update

Hello everyone! Here’s a quick update on what our members have been up to so far this semester and what we have to look forward to in the next month:

Upcoming: Dine Below the Line

dineBelowtheLine_logoWe are gearing up for our annual spring service event! This year, Nutrition Coalition is partnering with Carolina MicrofinanceThe Sonder Market, and TABLE-NC to cohost Dine Below the Line — a series of events running from April 12th through April 16th.

Join other UNC students living on $1.25 of food a day. Attend speaker events and a film screening, and help raise awareness of hunger issues here and worldwide. This project aims to stimulate discussion across campus about hunger issues and raise funds to help tackle the problem. All proceeds will be split between TABLE-NC and Women’s Global Empowerment Fund.

Event Lineup:

Sunday April 12th: The challenge begins on Sunday evening. Join us for a kick-off dinner and food box collection at the Campus Y. Your food box will contain all your budgeted food for the four days.

Tuesday April 14th: Film screening of ‘A Place at the Table,’ followed by debriefing discussion led by Nourish, School of Public Health, 6pm.

Thursday April 16th: Speaker series: ‘Food Insecurity in North Carolina,’ Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge, 4:30-5:30pm. Speakers include: Professor Berner, Professor Ammerman and the Director of Tar Heel Table. And Celebration dinner (catered by Hunger Lunch) to mark the end of the “Dine Below the Line” challenge followed by a debriefing discussion, Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge, 6pm.

Check out more details in the facebook event page or their website, and please consider getting involved!

Give Kids a Smile

giveKidsSmile3Nutrition Coalition had a lot of fun participating for the second time in the UNC School of Dentistry’s Give Kids a Smile event. Our volunteers got to hang out with over 100 Durham Head Start children and talk to them about eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables! This was a great opportunity for our organization to collaborate with other students from the dental, medical, and nursing schools for a fun cause.

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Ndang Azang-Njaah and Kendra Baldwin setting up our rainbow table.

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Kendra Baldwin, Ndang Azang-Njaah, and Kamaria Mason doing a power produce pose.

FOOD CHAIN$ Film Screening

foodchainsposterIn mid-March, we partnered with UNC’s Nutrition Department and our local AND chapter — the Durham Chapel Hill Dietetic Association — for our annual spring film screening. We gathered at the Chapel Hill Public Library for the screening and enjoyed a discussion led by Dr. Alice Ammerman that followed. If you weren’t able to attend, FOOD CHAIN$ is a great film about farm workers in Florida and elsewhere fighting for better working conditions and wages. The film also sheds some light on the often-overlooked conditions that allow us to buy relatively cheap produce. You can learn more about FOOD CHAIN$ here.

Dr. Alice Ammerman and student representative Kamaria Mason opening up discussion after the film screening.

Dr. Alice Ammerman and student representative Kamaria Mason opening up discussion after the film screening.

Carolina Nutrition t-shirts have arrived!

2014Tshirt_NutrCoalitionUNC Nutrition Coalition is selling t-shirts to raise funds for events throughout the school year. This fundraiser will support the Coalition’s activities such as Food Day, service projects, film screenings, alumni panels, and social gatherings. We are also providing the service of helping you look really cool.

T-shirts are $20 each. If you pre-ordered or would like to buy one of our extras (hurry, supplies are limited!), email Emily Busey to arrange payment/pick-up.

Blueberry Bushes Planted!

Thanks to everyone who braved the elements last spring to plant blueberry bushes in the campus garden. This was Nutrition Coalition’s spring volunteer activity, and we hope the bushes will provide a bounty of blueberries for years to come.

Eli Lovell, Katie Kline, and Samantha Tinsley take instructions from one of the garden managers.

Eli Lovell, Katie Kline, and Samantha Tinsley take instructions from one of the garden managers.

Let's start digging! (Before the rain.)

Let’s start digging! (Before the rain.)

Nutrition Gothic. (After the rain.)

Nutrition Gothic. (After the rain.) From left: Katie Kline, Eli Lovell, Raina Bunstein Goldnug, Brian Matthews, and Samantha Tinsley

Great work, guys! See more pictures here.

A Place at the Table

aPlace_napkinWe had the wonderful opportunity last spring to partner with the Durham Chapel Hill Dietetic Association to screen the documentary A Place at the Table, a film about hunger in America. We had a good turnout and a great panel discussion featuring Dr. Maureen Berner, expert on food insecurity issues in North Carolina.

Students and DCHDA members at the film screening.

Students and DCHDA members at the film screening.

The event raised money and collected canned food donations for PORCH, a local hunger relief organization. PORCH’s founder Debbie Horwitz sent us this nice thank-you note:

Dear UNC Nutrition Coalition,

Thank you so much for collecting donations to benefit PORCH during your movie event at the library. We were thrilled to receive some good exposure and very impressed with your generous donations of nonperishables and cash. The cash contributions will go to purchase fresh food for our Food for Families program which serves families living in poverty here in our community. These families are referred to us by school social workers because of their risk of food insecurity. Each month, over 250 families receive large bags full of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, ground beef, and nonperishables along with easy to prepare recipes (thank you, Kenlyn!). We are always in need of new recipes to share and would be grateful for any help in this area. Please contact me if you are interested.

To get more information about PORCH, go to our website and check out our new short promotional film at www.porchnc.org/movie and see PORCH in action!

Thank you for your generous support and participation in our all-volunteer, grassroots, hunger relief effort!

With gratitude,
Debbie Horwitz
Founder, PORCH, Inc.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made this a successful event! If you haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet, it is available for streaming on Netflix.

Spring Picnic

A big thanks to everyone who made it out to the end-of-year picnic! Well done on the spring semester, and best of luck to everyone in their internships this summer. We’re all looking forward to meeting with the incoming class in few months!

Thanks to Brian, who "catered" the event with delicious local barbecue, several types of cole slaw and homemade fruit sorbet!

Thanks to Brian, who “catered” the event with delicious local barbecue, several varieties of homemade cole slaw and homemade fruit sorbet!

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SPH Sweatshirt Fundraiser

BlueberriesNutrition Coalition had a successful fundraiser selling UNC Public Health sweatshirts. $500 of the funds raised have been donated to the School of Public Health Student Government and the remaining funds raised will go toward the purchase of blueberry bushes for the campus community garden. Nutrition Coalition members will be planting the bushes sometime in April. Stay tuned for pictures and updates!

SweatshirtsThere are still sweatshirts available for purchase in the following sizes:

Crewnecks — $25
M (1), XL (1), XXL (2)

Hoodies — $30
S (1), M (10)

We also still have some t-shirts still available!

To purchase a sweatshirt, email kvkline@live.unc.edu.

Blueberry photo courtesy of flickr user joannelummy

Give Kids a Smile


On February 7, 2014, members of the Nutrition Coalition volunteered for the Give Kids a Smile fair at the UNC Dental School. The fair provided free dental cleanings to kids from Head Start in Durham. In addition, the nursing school, medical school, and Nutrition Coalition provided various activities for the kids. The kids and volunteers had a lot of fun!


Nutrition students Sarah Lowe, Brian Matthews, and Katie Kline

Food Day 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Food Day events in October fun and successful! We kicked off celebrations with a SNAP Cooking Challenge, where contestants were invited to prepare a dinner for four with a typical SNAP assistance budget of only $8. Faculty judges Amanda Holliday, Angelo Mojica and Susan Wyler gave first-year MPH-RD student Ben White the prize — a $50 Whole Foods gift card — for his Cheesy Rice With Kale and Fresh Bean Salad (recipes below).

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Ben White presents his dishes to the judges.

Later we screened Food Stamped, a documentary that follows a California couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their experiment, “they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.” If you couldn’t make it to the screening but are interested in seeing it, you can stream the movie on netflix or order a dvd through their website.


Rounding out the Food Day events, we partnered with the Veggie Van crew to present a Cooking Demonstration at the Durham County Health Department.


First-year MPH student Kerry Phillips helps out at the Veggie Van Cooking Demo in Durham.

Thanks so much to Larelle High and Natalie Alcott for organizing these great events! Here are Ben’s winning recipes, if you’d like to make them at home:

Cheesy Rice with Kale RecipeFresh Bean Salad Recipe

Nutrition Alumni Panel

The Nutrition Coalition and the UNC Nutrition Alumni Association co-hosted an alumni panel and networking event on October 1st with former and current students. It was a huge success with over 60 students and alumni in attendance. The event was held at the University Methodist Church on Franklin Street and was catered by the Mediterranean Deli. The panel included:

Jessica Davis MPH RD, Research Assistant, UNC Food Research Program

Kate Pilewski MPH RD LDN, Registered Dietitian, Duke University Student Health

Julie McClure MPH RD LDN, Registered Dietitian, UNC Children’s Hospital, Division of Genetics and Metabolism

Lee Lichtenwalter MPH RD LDN, Clinical Pediatric Dietitian, Durham County Department of Public Health

Diane Ritchie MPH RD LDN, Home Health Pediatric Dietitian, Durham County Department of Public Health

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Back to School Potluck

We had a wonderful showing at our first event of the year. Over 50 undergrad and graduate Nutrition students attended our Back to School Potluck at Umstead Park. People brought tons of awesome food and we provided Pork BBQ and BBQ Tempeh from The Pig. It was a great way to start off the year!