Welcome to Operation Frontline: Detroit!

August 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm 1 comment

I want to personally welcome all of you to Operation Frontline: Detroit’s newest endeavor – a “mixed-use” blog that will be a resource to both volunteers and participants of Operation Frontline, as well as those interested in food security in Southeastern Michigan. This blog is meant to be collaborative amongst anyone who would like to contribute, particularly those who are impacted by OFL.

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So what is Operation Frontline?

Operation Frontline is a program offered through Share Our Strength, a national organization based in Washington, DC that works to combat childhood hunger. In order to serve the community better, Operation Frontline is hosted at local nonprofits across the country. In Southeastern Michigan, OFL is hosted by Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit, which has a long history of fighting hunger in the Metro area. OFL approaches food security in a way that goes beyond emergency food assistance – it provides nutrition education and cooking classes for low-income folks (most eligible for SNAP, or food stamps), focusing on introducing more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables into participants’ diets. Just as important, the classes also teach how to cook and eat healthily on a budget, often highlighting what foods are less expensive and more nutritious.

Classes are facilitated by a team comprised of a professional chef and a nutritionist, who volunteer their time and skills. Volunteers find that they really do make a positive impact on the participants’ lives, particularly when both come to the table eager to learn.

To learn more about Operation Frontline, visit our About page or the national website at www.strength.org.

Kids Up Front participants at Salvation Army

What will this blog talk about?

Because food security is such a dire issue in the city of Detroit, particularly during this economic downturn, we wanted to share our knowledge, stories, and aspirations. Every week, you should expect:

The Participant Perspective: Not only will we frequently update the blog with class anecdotes, we’ll also upload photos and videos so that you can better get a sense of what classes are like. We also hope to get the participants involved in posting their own thoughts and experiences.

The Volunteer Perspective: Volunteers are encouraged to post their experiences with the program, providing lessons learned and tips for other volunteers.

Recipes: Once a month, we’ll post a nutritious recipe that costs under $1.40 a serving, showing that it is possible to cook healthily on a budget!

Food Budgeting Tips: Along with the recipes, we will also provide tips for purchasing foods that are both nutritious and inexpensive.

The Larger Perspective: As related issues arise on the city, state, or national level, we will post newspaper articles or links to other websites in order to provide the bigger picture. Hunger is a complex problem in the United States, and we’ll have periodic features on how other organizations are coping with it.

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Examining Food Security in Detroit

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  • 1. Rachelle Bonelli  |  August 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Congrats! I love the info, especially the link to the Dash of Change the job descriptions and class schedule. Right on! ra

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This material was partially funded by the State of Michigan with federal funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by way of the Michigan Nutrition Network at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. This work is supported in part by the Michigan Department of Human Services, under contract number ADMIN-10-99011. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Michigan Fitness Foundation or the Michigan Department of Human Services. In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, these institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720- 6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more contact the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline at (855) ASK-MICH. Space-Limited USDA/DHS/MNN Credit Statement This material was partially funded by the State of Michigan with federal funds from the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by way of the Michigan Nutrition Network at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. These institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. People who need help buying nutritious food for a better diet call the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline: (855) ASK-MICH.

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