Stop & Shop reinforces its commitment to supporting racial equality with a new partnership to encourage diversity in nutrition and dietetics. To this end, Stop & Shop Vice President of Sales and Promotion Rudi DePietro has provided $50,000 to the University of New Haven, in Connecticut, to create the Stop & Shop Diversity Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics, a fund created to provide financial assistance to students studying to become nutritionists or registered dietitians.
The scholarship is the second that Stop & Shop has established this year in partnership with a higher education institution to promote diversity in dietetics; The first was established in September with Framingham State University in Massachusetts.
The Diet Registration Committee of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that more than 71% of the 106,000 registered dietitians in the United States are non-Hispanic white, and only 3% are African American. According to the same survey, the demographic profile of nutrition practitioners has remained virtually unchanged since 2007.
“We chose to partner with the University of New Haven in this effort because of their efforts to recruit and retain students of color—and because they share our commitment to bringing more diversity into the profession,” DiPetro explained. “Together, our goal is to break down historical barriers in nutrition, so that the most ambitious dietitians step up the field and ultimately create lasting change in the field and in our communities.”
Admission requirements in the field of Nutrition are often very steep and costly barriers which only increase exponentially with the commencement of the new graduate degree mandate which will require prospective Nutritionists to obtain a graduate degree prior to taking the registration exam necessary to enter the field. The mandate is due to enter into force in 2024,
“We are very grateful for the generosity of Stop & Shop,” said Brian Otis, vice president for undergraduate advancement at the University of New Haven. “We share Stop & Shop’s commitment to increasing diversity in the fields of nutrition and dietetics, and we are grateful for the important investment they are making in the future of our students.”
Through the awarded fund, an annual scholarship will go to undergraduate students in the university’s nutritional sciences program with significant financial need who meet the university’s academic requirements for scholarships.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Health Sciences offers a course of study that enables graduates to actively participate in the changing food environment and in the process of nutritional education and health care delivery systems. The university provides students with two pathways to either becoming an entry-level dietitian or for admission to ACEND-accredited nutritional training to become a registered dietitian or in a graduate program, or to pursue a career in food, nutrition or a related field. field.
Last year, Stop & Shop introduced Nutrition Partners, a dietitian program developed to support health and wellness by giving community members access to licensed registered dietitians for one-on-one counseling, nutrition lessons, and other resources. Stop & Shop Dietitians can be consulted by customers to discuss food and nutrition questions, with the goal of starting or maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.
Headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts, The Stop and Shop Supermarket LLC It employs 58,000 employees in more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Zaandam, headquartered in the Netherlands Ahold Delhaize, is the parent company of the American Ahold Delhaize Companies, consisting of Food Lion, Giant Food and The Giant Co., Ltd. and Hannaford, Stop & Shop, as well as Peapod e-grocer; Retail Business Services, a US support services company that provides services to brands; and Peapod Digital Labs, its own e-commerce engine. Ahold Delhaize USA operates more than 2,000 stores in 23 states, and is No. 10 on the PG 100, Grocer’s 2021 Progressive List Major retailers of food and consumables in the United States.