Our relationships with food are complex they’re connected to our culture, mental health, physical health, and community.

By Emily Droge, Outside In SNAP Outreach and Education Coordinator

When thinking of nutrition education, one may envision Chef Jamie Oliver filling a school bus with sugar to shock communities into removing chocolate milk from schools. One might recall seeing the Food Pyramid or MyPlate in the school cafeteria or the Got Milk? advertisements lining the hallway walls. Nutrition Education is oftentimes used as a reminder of what people SHOULDN’T be consuming, of what people should LIMIT – categorizing foods as good or bad for our bodies.  

At Outside In, our SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach and Education Coordinator works to challenge this norm through Trauma-Informed Nutrition. 

“Our relationships with food are complex – they’re connected to our culture, mental health, physical health, and community. It’s a reflection of how we are feeling, the world around us, the systems we operate in, and the people we surround ourselves with.”
~ Emily, Outside In SNAP Outreach and Education Coordinator

Trauma-Informed Nutrition recognizes that people have experienced and continue to experience trauma. Historical, systemic, childhood, and food-related trauma can disrupt the way our bodies and minds function, therefore/thus increasing the risk of chronic disease and negative relationships with food. Facilitating conversations about food without accounting for mental health, physical health, food access, and adverse experiences with food is incredibly detrimental and creates false narratives of what nourishment entails. Everyone deserves an opportunity to wholly nourish themselves.  

At Outside In, our food programming integrates Trauma-Informed Nutrition across our food access sites, in SNAP Enrollment, and in Nutrition, Food, and Cooking Education Workshops. 

Interested in visiting one of our food pantries? We have three!

Our Community Food Pantry at our East County Clinic, located ay 16144 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97233, is open every Tuesday from 4:00-6:00pm.

Our Free Food Market at our downtown facility, located at 1132 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, is open every Thursday from 2:00-4:00pm.

And our Milwaukie High Food Pantry at the Milwaukie High School Health and Wellness Center, located at 2301 SE Willard St, Milwaukie, OR 97222, is open every Wednesday from 4:00-6:00pm.

Flyer for Outside In's Community Food Pantry. There is a grocery bag with bread, fruits and vegetables spilling out. The text reads Every Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm Outside In East, EastBu
Outside In's Alacena de la Comunidad; Todos los martes de 4:00 a 6:00pm, Outside In East, East Burnside y 162nd Ave
Free Food Market, Fresh, Free and Local Fruits and Vegetables, When: Every Thursday Starting May 13th 2:00-4:00pm; Where: Outside In 1132 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205; Questions? Contact Emily 971-386-9093
Mercado de Comida Gratis; Frutas y verduras gratis, frescas, y locales; Cuando: Todos los jueves empezando el 13 de Mayo 2:00pm-4:00pm; Donde: Outside In 1132 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205; Preguntas? Llame o mande texto a Emily 971-386-9093
Milwaukie High Food Pantry, Wednesdays from 4-6pm; at the Health and Wellness Center; Open to the Community; Contact HannahSM@OutsideIn.org for more information and follow us on Instagram for updates: @milwaukieyac

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