During December the ICWEN Community Fridge continued to connect with close to 300 families by picking up fresh fruits and vegetables, packing boxes and delivering to our families in need as well as our clients with pre-existing health conditions.
We partnered with fraternities and sororities to distribute food and collect coats for their annual food and coat drive.
Some clients completed the health history forms we distributed with the food boxes. Through the Integrative Nutrition Health program we identified that most clients were experiencing stress during the pandemic and concerned about diet.
Through a virtual meeting and individual calls we focused on reducing stress's impact on the diet. Stress management may naturally help support a more nutritious diet of whole foods with more fresh vegetable intake opposed to processed or fried foods.
By incorporating practices like meditation, yoga, breathing and loving kindness exercises, it helps to minimize stress's impact on diet.
As we embark upon a new year, the Inner City Women's Empowerment Network looks forward to expanding and gaining more access to other food banks and distributors which will allow us to to continue feeding our Community Fridge clients and restoring hope to those in need.
Best wishes and continued blessings in the NEW YEAR!