News & Events

Miracle Mile Deli Contest Benefits Feeding Matters

Published on August 24, 2015

Miracle Mile Deli, a family-owned restaurant in Phoenix, recently hosted a National Sandwich Month contest to benefit Feeding Matters. Customers voted for their favorite to be named “Special Sandwich of the Week” during the week of August 17-August 24. The Winner? The Straw!  A percentage of the proceeds from each Straw sandwich sold the next week were donated to Feeding Matters. Over the course of this event, sales of The Straw raised $1,000 for Feeding Matters!

We are so grateful to Miracle Mile Deli for helping Feeding Matters raise awareness for the over 1 million infants and children under age five in the United States who struggle to eat.

Pediatric feeding struggles have hit close to home for the Miracle Mile Deli team, as the daughter of Vice President Josh Garcia struggles to eat. Josh recently shared the story of how pediatric feeding struggles have impacted his entire family on the Miracle Mile Deli site. An excerpt of their story is below; please visit their blog to read the entire post.

“Our pediatrician told us that she was a ‘picky eater’ and that she would grasp the concept sooner or later.  But our gut instinct told us that something was different, we just didn’t know what.  As time passed on, we just did what the doctors told us and just assumed that in time, our daughter would grasp the concept of eating like any normal kid does…but that it would just take some time and patience.

When our daughter was 18 months old, we found a resource from a friend called “Feeding Matters” – a local nonprofit that assists families with children who have feeding struggles.  This was an eye opening experience for our family as we NEVER knew this organization even existed and what kind of assistance that they could provide to us.”  

Feeding Matters is pleased to partner with the Garcia Family and Miracle Mile Deli to conquer pediatric feeding struggles to nourish healthy futures.
 

CoBiz Cares Foundation Supports the Power of Two Program

Published on August 10, 2015

Feeding Matters was recently awarded a grant from the CoBiz Cares Foundation in support of our unique Power of Two program. Executive Director Chris Linn and Board Member Bruce Wright were thrilled to discuss how Feeding Matters is working to conquer pediatric feeding struggles to nourish healthy futures with members of the selection committee during a check presentation at the Feeding Matters office in Scottsdale.

Feeding Matters is very appreciative of the support that the CoBiz Cares Foundation has shown for the Power of Two program. When parents are facing the reality of their child’s health rapidly deteriorating before their eyes, peer-to-peer support can be life changing. The Power of Two program is an unduplicated mentoring program that matches the parent of a child currently battling a feeding struggle with a parent whose child has lived through a similar diagnosis, allowing for a level of support not provided by medical professionals.

The need for mentors has increased recently due to heightened awareness of this unique program, and the support provided by CoBiz will directly impact the number of people this program is capable of serving. No child deserves to suffer through pain, discomfort, and fear during every meal, and through the Power of Two program and the support of the CoBiz Cares Foundation, fewer children will have to do so.

For more information on how you can become involved with the Power of Two program, please visit our peer-to-peer support page.

AZAAP Conference and National Down Syndrome Congress Convention

Published on July 01, 2015

Recently Feeding Matters was present at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention, held in Phoenix the last weekend in June. The convention consisted of exciting plenary sessions, exhibitions, and over 60 topic-specific workshops. This was a great opportunity for Feeding Matters to connect with a large number of families, medical professionals, and community partners on a national level as over 300 people from all over the country were in attendance. 

Feeding Matters is excited to also have been a part of the 38th Annual Pediatric Summer Conference: Pediatrics in the Red Rocks, jointly sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics(AZAAP) and Banner Health. Over the course of the weekend Feeding Matters hosted two separate workshops on nutrition and the Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire© respectively, as well as a booth detailing the programs and services we offer as an organization. The conference was well attended by approximately 140 physicians, insurance providers, nurse practitioners, and community partners, and was a great opportunity for Feeding Matters to spread awareness of pediatric feeding struggles.

 

Hiring for Development Position

Published on June 10, 2015

We are looking for a dedicated, goal-oriented, and mission-focused individual to join our rapidly expanding team! 

Feeding Matters is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and experienced Philanthropy Manager who will report directly to and work in partnership with the Director of Development. This full-time position in Scottsdale, Arizona will be responsible for seeking out grant opportunities and writing grants that align with the strategies of Feeding Matters, while ensuring a flawless grant tracking system. This position will also support individual donor cultivation and assist with annual fundraising event(s), as well as other fundraising responsibilities as assigned.

This role will require knowledge and experience in maintaining excellent organizational reputation and image, writing and editing content, and cultivating relationships in addition to knowledge and experience in engaging and soliciting a portfolio of individuals, corporations, and foundations. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to support@feedingmatters.org.

Click here for a full job description.

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