University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition
Thank you for your interest in the volunteering with the University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition. We are a public service center that provides comprehensive education outreach to middle and high school students, medically underserved populations, college students, and families experiencing homelessness.
We provide volunteers with training to teach and inspire participants in our programs to incorporate healthy eating into their daily lives.
Food, Movement, & You
Food, Movement, & You is a free diabetes prevention and nutrition education program for individuals and families facing homelessness across the Salt Lake Valley. Research shows that a majority of people experiencing homelessness have low food security. This means they lack access to required amounts of nutritionally adequate food. High rates of diet-related chronic diseases are also common in people experiencing homelessness. To address these issues, we partner with local organizations and homeless service providers to increase food security and help decrease barriers to healthy eating. We work on multiple fronts to address health inequities for those experiencing homelessness including:
- Developing diabetes prevention and nutrition education curricula focusing on healthy eating habits and mindful eating
- Working to directly provide nutritious foods to emergency pantries
- Addressing transportation barriers to grocery stores and emergency pantries
- Running on-site gardening clubs to assist adults and youth with learning to grow and prepare nutritious foods