SEE-LA Nutrition Program

Year 3 Review,

Grant Request for Proposal

&

SEE-LA's Program Proposal

 

This document contains our Nutrition program 3rd year report, the RFP put out by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

 

The Nutrition program report (pg 3-5) is to get a general sense of the program features, numbers, and accomplishements in the 3rd year of its funding from LA County.

 

The whole RFP document is made available for your information; however, prior to the start of your rotation at SEE-LA please read Section 1: Introduction (pg 1-13), Appendices A: Sample Scope of Work, and Appendices Q: Reference Links. 

 

The last part of the document is SEE-LA's proposed program portion of the grant. Please read through this section (pg 289-318) in its entirety prior to the start of your rotation. 

 

Begin to think on the following question: 

 

If you were hired to execute this proposed program, where would you start? 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative SEE-LA Year End Narrative Overview of Key Successes: Through SEE-LA’s Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program, a total of 222 classes* were provided to Los Angeles County residents. 2,648 participants (875 unique individuals, 1763 repeat participants) were served. In addition to classes hosted at SEELA’s Central Avenue Farmers’ Market and Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market, classes were taught at 21 additional sites which included community centers, school parent centers and public libraries in communities of need. Through additional efforts such outreach and hosting food demonstrations and nutrition education booths at community and school health fairs, the program had an expanded scope of 20,517 individuals. SEE-LA’s Policy, Systems, and Environmental change projects included the continuation of the Healthy Retail Initiative at the Central Store in Watts and participation of the Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program at its Glassell Park Farmers’ Market, which was founded in term one of the grant. Substantial progress was made with the Healthy Retail Initiative at Central Store. SEE-LA hosted multiple community events at the store and engaged community members in the store’s transformation process. Partnerships with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s (LAFPC) Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN) enabled SEE-LA to provide store staff trainings such as food safety and produce display best practices. By September 2016, the corner store beautified its produce section, incorporated healthy messaging and nutrition education resources throughout the store, added a ReThink Your Drink window cling behind its refillable water station, and instituted a store menu that highlights healthy food items. The store also broadened its marketing and established a website which emphasizes the store’s commitment to providing healthy produce and prepared foods to the community. SEE-LA continued its presence at the Glassell Park Farmers’ Market by providing a nutrition education booth and recipe tasting the first market of each month. In addition, the Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program hosted 4 week classes at 2 local libraries, the Eagle Rock Branch Library and Cypress Park Branch Library to assist in promotion of the farmers’ market. The Market Match program continued at Glassell Park Farmers’ Market in addition to acceptance of WIC vouchers. In June, the market also became a redemption site for Fruit and Veggie Prescription (FVRx) vouchers, a family incentive program for purchasing fruits and vegetables through Wholesome Wave. Despite numerous efforts; however, the Glassell Park Farmers’ Market will be closing September 24, 2016 due to ongoing financial difficulty. *All figures are from October 2015-Aug 2016 pending data from September 2016.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative SEE-LA Year End Narrative  Overview of Key Su...

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative Accomplishments with SNAP-Ed Eligible Communities: One exemplary success of increased community purchasing of fruits and vegetables has been at the Central Avenue Farmers’ Market. At the market, nutrition class participants are taught how to prepare healthy recipes using fruits and vegetables from the market. In addition, the market provides SNAP recipients with the opportunity to double their purchasing power up to $10 through the Market Match program. Through this coordination in programming the Central Avenue market demonstrated a substantial 206% increase in gross monthly market sales since term one of the grant from $15,460 to $31,910. In addition, monthly gross sales of produce alone increased by 130% from Year 2 to Year 3, an increase of nearly $6,000 per month. At the Central Store, the store owner reports positive response to the improvements made to the store’s produce section and introduction of grab-n-go healthy items. At the initiation of SEE-LA’s support, the store was purchasing $300 worth of produce twice a week. This has increased in frequency to four times per week, essentially doubling its provision of produce to the community. SEE-LA has received numerous firsthand accounts and testimonials from class participants and Central Store patrons celebrating the personal knowledge gained and the benefits to the community. Below are highlighted some of the many testimonials received from participants. Raphael S. of the Central Avenue Farmers’ Market Class: “The Champions for Change program has been very insightful. It was shocking to see some of the demonstrations. I have made many changes in my daily life because of what I’ve learned thanks to the wonderful staff who motivated me to live healthier. I have made much progress like never before and many of my friends have even made comments about my “Healthier” appearance. I hope to continue to learn more and plan on continuing attending.” Guadalupe M. of the Central Avenue Farmers’ Market Class: “I’ve been a participant at the Central Farmers’ Market since 2015. I have completed this classes three times. Every time I’ve taken this classes theres always something new I learned from every educator. I have 7 children and I’ve also taken them with me when its possible to participate. They liked it and now they are always reading labels and watching each other on what they are eating… My experience in participating in these classes has been helpful for my family & me. We are trying and making changes slowly to eat healthy and make better choices.” Evangelina Q. of the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market Class: “..I attend Ted Watkins park Nutrition and Cooking 2016 classes regularly. My husband Hugo and my daughter Dulce usually come with me. These classes have change my family and my eating habits. For example, whenever we were in a hurry and hungry we would go to a fast food restaurant and order a quick meal, but now I am able to prepare a quick and healthy salad like the citrus vinaigrette and Farro salad which is my family’s favorite. I have learned how to read labels and eat with
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative Accomplishments with SNAP-Ed Eligible Communi...
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative portions…In the past my fruit would get rotten and no one in my family ate them. Now I have to buy fruit and vegetables every weekend because we enjoy relaxing outside while snacking on fruit.” Eduardo M. of the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market Classes quite pointedly noted, “If I had to pay for what I got, I will owe a life time.” He mentioned that he has learned so much from the resources the program provides in the classes. He “started cooking and is now also baking” and feels mentally free of only “going for the on-sale food” to grab something quick. He feels confident now to share his knowledge with others in the community and is more than happy to do so! Marie E. of the Vernon Branch Library Classes: [Translated from Spanish] “I attended four of the nutrition classes and found them very interesting. They helped me a lot to make changes in the way I eat and to cook for my kinds in a healthier way. It’s not hard to cook with no salt or reduced salt. The food tastes good and is very important for our health. Also, when it’s time to drink the soda, I check how much sugar it has. I learned how to read the labels well. “
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative portions   In the past my fruit would get rot...

SEE-LA's Program Proposal

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative SEE-LA Year End Narrative Overview of Key Successes: Through SEE-LA’s Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program, a total of 222 classes* were provided to Los Angeles County residents. 2,648 participants (875 unique individuals, 1763 repeat participants) were served. In addition to classes hosted at SEELA’s Central Avenue Farmers’ Market and Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market, classes were taught at 21 additional sites which included community centers, school parent centers and public libraries in communities of need. Through additional efforts such outreach and hosting food demonstrations and nutrition education booths at community and school health fairs, the program had an expanded scope of 20,517 individuals. SEE-LA’s Policy, Systems, and Environmental change projects included the continuation of the Healthy Retail Initiative at the Central Store in Watts and participation of the Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program at its Glassell Park Farmers’ Market, which was founded in term one of the grant. Substantial progress was made with the Healthy Retail Initiative at Central Store. SEE-LA hosted multiple community events at the store and engaged community members in the store’s transformation process. Partnerships with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s (LAFPC) Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN) enabled SEE-LA to provide store staff trainings such as food safety and produce display best practices. By September 2016, the corner store beautified its produce section, incorporated healthy messaging and nutrition education resources throughout the store, added a ReThink Your Drink window cling behind its refillable water station, and instituted a store menu that highlights healthy food items. The store also broadened its marketing and established a website which emphasizes the store’s commitment to providing healthy produce and prepared foods to the community. SEE-LA continued its presence at the Glassell Park Farmers’ Market by providing a nutrition education booth and recipe tasting the first market of each month. In addition, the Pompea Smith Good Cooking/ Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program hosted 4 week classes at 2 local libraries, the Eagle Rock Branch Library and Cypress Park Branch Library to assist in promotion of the farmers’ market. The Market Match program continued at Glassell Park Farmers’ Market in addition to acceptance of WIC vouchers. In June, the market also became a redemption site for Fruit and Veggie Prescription (FVRx) vouchers, a family incentive program for purchasing fruits and vegetables through Wholesome Wave. Despite numerous efforts; however, the Glassell Park Farmers’ Market will be closing September 24, 2016 due to ongoing financial difficulty. *All figures are from October 2015-Aug 2016 pending data from September 2016.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative SEE-LA Year End Narrative  Overview of Key Su...
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative Accomplishments with SNAP-Ed Eligible Communities: One exemplary success of increased community purchasing of fruits and vegetables has been at the Central Avenue Farmers’ Market. At the market, nutrition class participants are taught how to prepare healthy recipes using fruits and vegetables from the market. In addition, the market provides SNAP recipients with the opportunity to double their purchasing power up to $10 through the Market Match program. Through this coordination in programming the Central Avenue market demonstrated a substantial 206% increase in gross monthly market sales since term one of the grant from $15,460 to $31,910. In addition, monthly gross sales of produce alone increased by 130% from Year 2 to Year 3, an increase of nearly $6,000 per month. At the Central Store, the store owner reports positive response to the improvements made to the store’s produce section and introduction of grab-n-go healthy items. At the initiation of SEE-LA’s support, the store was purchasing $300 worth of produce twice a week. This has increased in frequency to four times per week, essentially doubling its provision of produce to the community. SEE-LA has received numerous firsthand accounts and testimonials from class participants and Central Store patrons celebrating the personal knowledge gained and the benefits to the community. Below are highlighted some of the many testimonials received from participants. Raphael S. of the Central Avenue Farmers’ Market Class: “The Champions for Change program has been very insightful. It was shocking to see some of the demonstrations. I have made many changes in my daily life because of what I’ve learned thanks to the wonderful staff who motivated me to live healthier. I have made much progress like never before and many of my friends have even made comments about my “Healthier” appearance. I hope to continue to learn more and plan on continuing attending.” Guadalupe M. of the Central Avenue Farmers’ Market Class: “I’ve been a participant at the Central Farmers’ Market since 2015. I have completed this classes three times. Every time I’ve taken this classes theres always something new I learned from every educator. I have 7 children and I’ve also taken them with me when its possible to participate. They liked it and now they are always reading labels and watching each other on what they are eating… My experience in participating in these classes has been helpful for my family & me. We are trying and making changes slowly to eat healthy and make better choices.” Evangelina Q. of the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market Class: “..I attend Ted Watkins park Nutrition and Cooking 2016 classes regularly. My husband Hugo and my daughter Dulce usually come with me. These classes have change my family and my eating habits. For example, whenever we were in a hurry and hungry we would go to a fast food restaurant and order a quick meal, but now I am able to prepare a quick and healthy salad like the citrus vinaigrette and Farro salad which is my family’s favorite. I have learned how to read labels and eat with
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative Accomplishments with SNAP-Ed Eligible Communi...
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative portions…In the past my fruit would get rotten and no one in my family ate them. Now I have to buy fruit and vegetables every weekend because we enjoy relaxing outside while snacking on fruit.” Eduardo M. of the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market Classes quite pointedly noted, “If I had to pay for what I got, I will owe a life time.” He mentioned that he has learned so much from the resources the program provides in the classes. He “started cooking and is now also baking” and feels mentally free of only “going for the on-sale food” to grab something quick. He feels confident now to share his knowledge with others in the community and is more than happy to do so! Marie E. of the Vernon Branch Library Classes: [Translated from Spanish] “I attended four of the nutrition classes and found them very interesting. They helped me a lot to make changes in the way I eat and to cook for my kinds in a healthier way. It’s not hard to cook with no salt or reduced salt. The food tastes good and is very important for our health. Also, when it’s time to drink the soda, I check how much sugar it has. I learned how to read the labels well. “
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health NEOP FFY16 Year End Narrative portions   In the past my fruit would get rot...