Nearly 30 million people across the country did not have enough food for themselves or their families in July 2020. Join nutrition and social work experts from the Houston Food Bank where they will discuss some of the challenges experienced by community members. Participants will be presented with updated statistics on food insecurity across Texas and learn about the food bank’s new approaches to programming and innovative methods of food distributions. Lastly, participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to effectively address food insecurity regardless of location or work setting.
Esther Liew, LMSW
Esther is the Health Partnerships Manager at the Houston Food Bank. Esther’s primary role includes supporting healthcare organizations in implementing food intervention programs that aim to decrease food insecurity and improve the health outcomes of our communities. Through the implementation and testing of food interventions, she hopes to move food banking toward developing programs that will advance health equity.
Kristen Shives, RD
Kristen is the Nutrition Services Manager at the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank in distribution. She oversees the Kids Cafe program, which serves children at after-school, child care, and summer meal program sites in 18 southeast Texas counties through the CACFP and SFSP programs. Kristen enjoys using her skills as a registered dietitian to ensure the meals and snacks provided are nourishing and kid-friendly. She lives in Pearland with her wife and their teeny, tiny Maltipoo named Sappho.
Brittany Niebel, MPH, RD, LD
Brittany is the manager of the Nutrition Education team at the Houston Food Bank where she assists with providing nutrition education programming to low-income communities in Houston. Brittany acquired a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A.