Kristara Alameda

Kristara Alameda

Title: Nutrition Support Assistant
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Sleepy Hollow

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
I love how supportive and caring all WIC team members are.  It provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our participants.    

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
Our program looks to support participants in many ways, including providing referrals to other services that may be needed.  It feels good to be able to connect people in our community to other programs.  Some of the programs include SNAP, childcare and referrals to Medical and Dental providers.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of health.   Maintaining a balanced diet is a good foundation to living a healthy lifestyle.  It is important to start encouraging good eating habits as soon as possible with children.   


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Melissa Tascon Friere

Melissa Tascon Friere

Title: Nutrition Support Assistant
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Ossining and Sleepy Hollow

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
The most exciting part of working on the WIC Team at Open Door is being able to help the community and making a difference in the lives of many families we serve. In addition, it is extremely rewarding to be on a team that works hard to make sure that many families receive as much assistance as they need.

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
WIC is not just a supplemental program which provides assistance with food but also a holistic program that includes nutritionists on staff to help moms to improve the diet for their infants and children. WIC also helps new moms improve breastfeeding with the assistance of a breastfeeding peer counselor.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Healthy eating is the best medicine for our bodies and it is critically important that it begins at an early age. It is important to teach our children to have good eating habits to instill a healthy lifestyle in the long term.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Jennifer Candela, RD

Jennifer Candela, RD

Title: Qualified Nutritionist
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Ossining

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
It is exciting to know that I am working with a team that is incredibly thoughtful and striving to continuously serve our WIC participants to the best our ability!

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
WIC provides tailored nutrition education to all our participants based on evidence-based research.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Prioritize having a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout your day!


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

LillyAnne Park, RD

Lilly Anne Park, RD

Title: Qualified Nutritionist
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Ossining

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
The most exciting factor about working on the WIC team at Open Door, is that this particular WIC team is not standing alone in an island. It is a team that goes out to a broader team (Open Door) via referrals and it makes bigger things happen within the community, like a ripple effect!

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
People in the community might not know that WIC is a lot more than just a program that provides food benefits. They might not know that WIC can be a way to screen health, obtain nutrition counseling and is part of a referral network.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Eat healthy now and live healthier and longer in later years!


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Heather Nunez

Heather Nunez

Title: Nutrition Support Assistant
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Mount Kisco

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
I love being part of a program that truly puts their participants first. We are here to serve the community and help them with any nutritional needs they may have. If we are not able to help them, we have the resources to direct them the right way.

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
If you participate in another assistance program you may be automatically income-eligible for WIC.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Aim for a variety of colors on your plate. Try a different fruit or vegetable with each meal.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Yuberky Shaw

Yuberky Shaw

Title: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Brewster

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
I enjoy working at the Open Door WIC program because of its sense of community. It gives me the opportunity to learn and do what I love the most- helping others.

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
WIC is a wonderful and resourceful program where you can not only get nutrition assistance, but you can also get support and referrals to other places that can help you with your needs.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Take care of your body and your mind, you can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Alejandra Urrego Zapata

Alejandra Urrego Zapata

Title: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Mount Kisco

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
The most exciting thing about working in WIC is to be able to share my passion for breastfeeding with all the participants. I love to help moms give the best gift to their babies, which is breast milk.

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
There is more to WIC than the food benefits, there are a lot of other services. We have an amazing breastfeeding support team. We are here to help achieve your breastfeeding goal. WIC can also provide a breast pump!

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Reduce your intake of added sugars. Instead of drinking soda, try water, flavored seltzer or a warm tea.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Jeanette Fajardo

Jeanette Fajardo

Title: Nutrition Support Assistant
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Brewster

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
The most exciting thing about working in WIC is that I get the opportunity to learn and meet different people as every experience is different. I also love being part of a program that helps and makes a difference in people’s life.

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
What people might not know is that the WIC Program also assists with breastfeeding support, counseling and a breast pump if needed.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Take care of your body by having a balanced nutrition, exercise regularly and don’t forget to drink your water daily as it does have many benefits for our body.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Erica Quinchi

Name
Erica Quinchi

Title
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Ossining and Sleepy Hollow

 

 

 

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?

The environment here in WIC is kind, supportive and loving towards the team and to our WIC participants

 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?

Some people may not know that WIC is a free program you and your family can apply to. WIC also provides support on how to breastfeed your child and helps you prepare for the what’s going to happen in the first few hours after giving birth.

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?

Eat lots of vegetables and drink a lot of water. Try breastfeeding your child- it has many benefits for the child’s health now and in the future.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.