The New Year has been a whirl wind of activity for many social work interns placed through the COC. My placement with Feeding America San Diego (FASD) has been equally dynamic and full of activity! FASD takes great pride in their intern program. Our intern office, as we sometimes call the “bull pen”, is jammed with students working on nutrition education, prepping for healthy cooking demos in the community, and CalFresh case management. FASD definitely takes time to appreciate and recognize how many dedicated hours of work each intern puts in that directly supports our mission to “Feed the hungry. Advocate. Educate.”
On February 14th to “show love” for all the interns we had a big meeting where they provided professional development tips, interns shared about the programs they are working on, and various awards were handed out. We were also given a full spread lunch from Chipotle and dessert from Yogurtland…yum. To my surprise I was given the “Up For Anything (with Relish) Award” in which they wanted to show appreciation for diving in and trying anything that needed to be done. I want to thank FASD who has provided a learning environment that gives us interns the liberty to be able to just “dive in” and try new experiences.
For example, I got to perform a live healthy cooking demonstration at one of our monthly food distributions! This is where we prepare a simple healthy recipe with ingredients that individuals receive in their food bags. We also provide the recipe in the food bag in Spanish and English. I had a blast making apple oatmeal and chatting about how whole grains are nutritious for various health reasons.
Our interns are loved and I am excited for the next community development intern that has the opportunity to work with this amazing organization next year!
COC/Feeding America Intern