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Meet the Dietitian

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Cara Zechello, a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years, graduated from Framingham State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Food & Nutrition and a Master's degree in Nutrition Education.

Cara has worked for Food Banks in Massachusetts, providing nutrition education services to hunger relief agencies in the community and nutrition counseling at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. 

Cara is an independent Dietitian working with Sodexo Independent Schools developing menu guidelines and standards. 

This section will be updated monthly with new nutritional tips and helpful hints to keep your body in tip - top shape.

Nutritious Foods to Donate to a Food Drive



In light of the devastation brought on by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the outpouring of donations by those around the country I wanted to provide some information on food donations, specifically what kinds of foods are good to donate to those in need.  This spirit of giving is also very prominent around the winter holiday season, which is right around the corner. 


An important thing to remember is that perishable items or those items that need to be refrigerated are very often not accepted.  Another consideration is that while all foods have a place in one’s diet, those that contain key nutrients are better choices.  Candy bars and desserts will provide valuable calories but not much else in the way of nutrition.  Also, foods that require no cooking or those that can be cooked easily will be most desired by those that have temporary living situations or for those living in a shelter. 


Foods high in protein and whole-grain carbohydrate foods provide good, healthy energy sources for the consumer.  Here are some foods that meet that criteria:


·         Canned tuna and other canned meats such as chicken

·         Peanut butter and loose nuts

·         Canned beans such as kidney beans or baked beans

·         Canned chick peas

·         Hearty soups such as lentil soup, black bean soup, beef stew or clam chowder (Ready-to-eat soups do not require the addition of milk or water so choose those over condensed soups if possible)

·         Shelf-stable milk (like Parmalat)

·         100% juice drinks

·         Canned fruits and fruit cups in juice

·         Protein bars and low sugar granola bars

·         Microwavable popcorn

·         Low sodium canned vegetables

·         Whole grain pasta (pair it with a jar of meat sauce)

·         Microwavable brown rice packets

·         Instant oatmeal

·         Low sugar, whole grain cereals



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Guidelines & Standards

It is with the Dietary Guidelines that we commit to the following best practices:

  • Foods from all food groups will be offered in nutrient-dense forms
  • Local foods will be offered as available
  • Foods low in fat, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol will be offered
  • Foods low in sodium will be offered
  • An increase in vegetables and fruits will be offered with an emphasis placed on variety
  • Whole grains will replace the majority of refined grains Fat-free and/or low-fat milk and dairy products will be offered
  • A decrease in sugar/sugary foods will be used/served 
  • Lower fat methods will be used in food preparation
  • A variety of seafood will be offered weekly
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages will not be available

Wellness Tip of the Month: Eat an Apple! A 3" Diameter Size is the Original 100 Calorie Snack!

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