Heidi Davis & Devin Dinihanian gave a truly inspiring presentation for the July Speaker series at the Demo garden last month. The results from the collaborative work of the Oregon Food Bank, OSU Extension and Providence Milwaukie is remarkable and impressive!

Their combined efforts have assisted in providing people the ability to access enough safe, nutritious food for an active, healthy life. These programs reach out to people in our community and as a result provide screening for food insecurity, over 24k lbs of donated food to 700 families in need, participation in Seed to Supper and hands on cooking classes, all resulting in significant health behavior change.

Cooking Matters is key to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Share Our Strength partners with non-profits, community groups, and public organizations across the country to provide Cooking Matters programming to low-income families in venues that are convenient and familiar to them. The Cooking Matters 6 week classes are taught locally at the Providence Milwaukee Community Teaching Kitchen. This facility opened it’s doors in February 2016 and serves physician referred patients who lack access to healthy foods, or suffer from hunger, or need to build healthier eating habits in order to prevail through disease and illness. To learn more about the Providence Milwaukee Community Teaching Kitchen follow this link.

There are still openings in the upcoming Seed to Supper and Cooking Matters for Young Adults classes. Details below. Know of someone who might be interested? For more information please contact Heidi Davis (503) 513-8064, heidi.davis@providence.org

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How can volunteers help?

Here are some recommendations from Heidi, Providence Community Teaching Kitchen:

Community classes help prepare affordable meals that are nutritious and delicious. We also offer classes in preserving goods, stretching resources, cooking for health conditions and more. Classes are led by Providence experts and community partners, including the Oregon Food Bank and OSU Extension Services. Volunteers assist with shopping for each class, set-up and clean-up and assisting our participants with food preparation. 

The food insecurity screening program helps people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from or who run out of food and can’t afford to buy more. To relieve this food insecurity, we provide resources to help get reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. Volunteers support our Patient Navigator by developing and maintaining accurate resource lists and materials for our patients. 

The family market provides up to three days’ worth of emergency food supplies for families facing hunger. At our free on-site market, patients select from nutritious, packaged fresh and frozen foods that best meet their needs. Volunteers collect community partner donations, monitor and maintain inventory, portion and package food for storage and walk patients through the market for their provisions.

Click here to get general information about becoming a volunteer.  

Click here to fill out the online volunteer services form and start the process.

 Or contact Providence Milwaukie Hospital Volunteer Office at 503-650-1455 to request more information and a volunteer application.