Evelyn Balsells—2010 Fellow

Evelyn Balsells

I worked in collaboration with Open Arms of Minnesota to create the program “Children Summer Meals”. This program aims to fight hunger and childhood obesity using federal funding and Open Arms’ expertise in the field of nutrition. Currently, the need for healthy and culturally sensitive meals in the summer months is not being met by current USDA- sponsors in Minnesota. The Children Summer Meals program is an opportunity for Open Arms to support the community surrounding their new kitchen in the Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood. More importantly, the program’s objective is to meet the needs of the community and empower its members, especially children, to think about healthier and environmentally responsible food choices.