ReachAbility, a non-profit organization based in Halifax, recently started providing its clients with nutrition education. This action was inspired by a national food delivery service.
ReachAbility is a non-profit organization that offers supportive programs to individuals facing community inclusion and participation challenges. Their services are free, and they offer everything from housing and employment opportunities to health and wellness support to their clients.
They launched their new nutrition education program titled Hello Reach in February. Since then, the program has been helping clients in Halifax Regional Municipality become better at cooking. The timing for this project seems to be just right, especially considering the recent concerns about food insecurity the COVID-19 outbreak brought about.
The reachAbility team works with a nutritionist who helps them choose a new healthy recipe each week with the aim to provide comfort to its users. Besides providing adequate nutrition, the selected recipes are seen as a means of boosting users’ physical and mental wellness.
Every week, ingredients for the meals are delivered directly to the clients’ homes, as well as a step-by-step video of meal preparation.
ReachAbility coordinator Chelsea Coffin expressed her joy at the impact the Hello Reach program has had so far. The recipes and food boxes have benefited over 50 of their clients and their families, children, friends, and roommates to date.