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Prepare and Share a Meal
Covenant House Georgia is more than a crisis shelter for homeless, runaway, and trafficked youth. Covenant House is home. We strive to provide our youth with a sense of family and let them know that they are loved. One way we aim to do this is by inviting our volunteers to prepare and share a meal with our youth.
We are seeking volunteers to purchase ingredients and prepare a hot meal for 45-50 youth. We have designed this opportunity to provide a sense of family and community for our youth while sharing a hot meal with community volunteers, staff and their peers.
We encourage you to gather your friends, family, book club, alumni group, neighbors, church group, etc to participate in this act of giving. We ask that all volunteers are 21 years of age or older. This age requirement ensures the privacy of our residents, many of whom are enrolled in high school or college. Sign up below and one of our volunteer advocates will help guide you through the process.
For further questions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
Healthy Eating Program
An important part of providing our youth with a safe, comfortable place at Covenant House Georgia is offering them healthy, tasty meals each and every day! And as we assist them on their path to self-sufficiency, we want to help them understand the impact of diet on long-term health. A good place to start is with our Prepare and Share a Meal program, where we partner with our supporters to improve the lives of homeless teens through healthy food!
Food can be delicious while still being healthy and nutritious! Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean proteins contain the nutrients we need without too many calories. It is a great idea to cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. Added sugars and fats load foods with extra calories and excess sodium may increase blood pressure.
Here are some ideas to help you plan your healthy meal!
- Experiment with substitutions: low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream; herbs and spices instead of butter and salt.
- Make half the meal fruits and vegetables. Include red, orange, and dark-green vegetables, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, in main and side dishes. Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and arugula, are truly “super foods” and are delicious not only in salad, but incorporated into main and side dishes, like pasta sauce, soups and chili. Remember, frozen vegetables are easy, economical and just as healthy as fresh.
- Make at least half of the grains whole grain. Whole grains contain fiber and other nutrients to help digestion and overall health. Choose whole grain breads, rice and pasta.
- Vary the protein food choices to balance potential nutrients. Protein is a source of energy that helps the body build and repair itself and is found in both animal and plant foods. Choose lean proteins when possible with foods like lean beef, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, low-fat dairy, beans, peas, lentils and soy/meat alternatives.
We are grateful to our Prepare and Share a Meal Partners and encourage you to be creative as you think about what to prepare and serve to our youth. We are here to answer your questions and welcome your suggestions!
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