Hi everyone! My name is Tori Davey and I am a dietetic intern in region 6. I am currently finishing my community rotation at the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, South Carolina. The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina through distribution in Charleston, Yemassee and Myrtle Beach. It is partnered with 300 agencies, including food pantries, wellness pantries, schools, after school programs, summer programs, meals on wheels, etc. to fight hunger in the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. I have always worked in the clinical setting as a dietetic technician before being accepted into Sodexo Dietetic Internships, so community nutrition was a little foreign to me, but as I enter my sixth week of community nutrition, I can say I have found a new passion in the field of dietetics.
I am lucky enough to be interning with the nutrition team at the Lowcountry food bank where they have one dietitian on site that over sees the nutrition initiatives. I have had the privilege to be a part of a six-week course called Cooking Matters that is provided to adults, children, and families. The courses cover meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and MyPlate nutrition guidelines. As the instructor of the six-week course with the St. Johns living community in Charleston, I was able to empower individuals to prepare delicious and nutritious meals in the classroom and at home. Additionally, I had the opportunity to work with East Cooper Meals on Wheels to deliver well-balanced meals prepared by the kitchen production staff at the Lowcountry Food Bank to the senior population of Mount Pleasant, SC. I have also enjoyed being part of a program called KidsCafe, where I have attended multiple health fairs in different communities around Charleston to provide an opportunity for children to try different ingredients in a simple recipe and to promote healthy snacking. Lastly, I had the opportunity to visit seven wellness pantries that are partnered with the Lowcountry Food Bank to see how their agencies operate and supply food to their clients. This experience at the Lowcountry Food Bank has really impacted my view on a career in community nutrition.
My advice to current or future interns is to always have a positive attitude in anything you do during your internship. Having a positive attitude will allow you to see the best in everything and to be grateful for where you are in your internship. Not only will your preceptors appreciate the positivity, but they will also acknowledge it. I am so excited and ready to use my positive attitude as I enter my clinical rotations. I look forward to working alongside with Sodexo dietitians, continue to learn, and becoming prepared for my career as a dietitian. Thank you, Sodexo!