Rutgers nutrition students share their knowledge during visit to food pantry


New Brunswick – Residents coming to Elijah's Promise for a hot and and healthy meal this week also got a free and fun lesson on how to stay healthy and the importance of nutrition.

Undergraduates students from the Rutgers University chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, the honor society for nutritional science majors, visited the soup kitchen on Thursday, March 26, to talk with Elijah's Promise clients and offer tips on healthy eating.

Melanie Kim, one of about a dozen nutritional science students at the event, said service is an important part of the honor society's goals.

“We want to really reach out to our community and in New Brunswick we have a community that really needs support, particularly in nutrition,” she said.

The students targeted obesity, diabetes and hypertension as key diseases they hoped to prevent. Michelle Wilson, community relations director at Elijah's Promise, said those diseases affect clients at Elijah's Promise just as they affect everyone else in the nation. The difference, she said, is that some clients do not have the same access to healthcare and other resources.

“We work really hard at educating our guests to know as much about nutritional health as we can,” she said. “We as an organization made a commitment a number of years ago to serve healthy, nutritional meals.”

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