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Release Date: 5/12/2014

St. Anthony's dietitian helping local food pantry

Eating right is important to your health, but it can be difficult to choose the right food when there is little money to buy food at all. Dietitian Darla Martin is helping some people in our community overcome that obstacle. She is working with the Affton Christian Food Pantry to add to its wellness section and find healthy recipes that use the foods offered at the pantry.

I think this is a wonderful opportunity,” said Martin. “One of the great offerings of this food pantry is clients actually have the ability to shop for the foods they choose, rather than get a prefilled box.”

The Affton Christian Food Pantry receives large yearly donations from 14 churches, local schools and businesses and walk-in donations. They also participate with Operation Food Search and The Food Bank of St. Louis. Generous monetary donations allow the pantry to buy paper products and food items such as eggs, butter and meat.

The food pantry received a grant from St. Anthony’s Physician Ambassadors Foundation in 2013 that allowed it to set up a wellness section in the pantry. Its clients can now choose from a variety of low-salt, low-sugar items as well as other healthy foods including fresh produce. At the request of Dana Galbraith, M.D., member of the Physician Ambassadors Foundation, Darla started working with the pantry to expand the list of healthy items. She also has provided the food pantry with several healthy recipes to pass along to its clients.

The Affton Christian Food Pantry is very fortunate to have Darla working with us to provide healthy choices to our clients, and to have the St. Anthony’s Physician Ambassadors Foundation for its continued support,” said Marge Fonner, Pantry Manager.

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