Ruthi SolariMind-Body Medicine
Nutritionist Ruthi Solari asked herself this simple question:
"What if we change food drives so that they collect healthy food?"
Solari, a recent recipient of a Master's degree from Saybrook University's College of Mind-Body Medicine, had a not-so-simple answer: to create a national non-profit organization to help nourish citizens facing food insecurity.
Solari noticed that nutrition frequently takes a back seat when food banks distribute only what they are given; soda, candy or sugary snacks outnumber cans of vegetables. Her SuperFood Drive seeks to make healthy SuperFoods accessible to everyone, even if they cannot afford fresh produce each week. Within its first two years, SuperFood Drive has helped collect over 30,000 pounds of nutritious non-perishables. And Saybrook helped.
"With my degree, I feel competent as a bridge-builder to bring integrative healing practices into today's fast-based corporate, education, and health care environments."
Last year, Solari launched SuperKids for SuperFoods to add a youth engagement component to her program. She has volunteered more than 6,000 hours to her cause and has raised significant funding for her organization. In June 2012, she received the national Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship award.
Solari chose Saybrook because she wanted an experiential learning environment that inspired individuals to incorporate holistic, healthy, lifestyle practices into their personal and professional lives.