What I’ve learned as a Meal on Wheels Intern

By: Blair Kott, USU Dietetic Intern

My name is Blair Kott, and I am currently completing my dietetic internship through Utah State University’s Distance Dietetic Internship Program. The rotations I have completed thus far have included food service management and school nutrition education in the Alamo Heights School District, long term care at Morningside Manor, and community nutrition at Meals on Wheels. I have three more rotations to complete before I sit for the Registered Dietitian Exam. Each rotation has provided me with a vast amount of knowledge and experiences I will never forget.

My time at Meals on Wheels was such an incredible experience. I was fortunate to be able to have Rhaizza Velasquez Garcia, RD, LD as my preceptor for my rotation. Together, we worked on menu planning, as well as inspections at the three Grace Place locations in San Antonio. During these inspections, I was able to apply the knowledge I have gained not only from my undergraduate didactic program, but my food service management rotation as well.

During my time at Meals on Wheels, I created nutrition education worksheets, wrote several blogs, worked with Vince and Mary in the kitchen, delivered meals with a driver, and visited clients with a case worker. My time spent in each of these departments within the Meals on Wheels organization was crucial in developing an understanding of how Meals on Wheels works as a whole. The work that the registered dietitian does, the preparing of meals, delivering of meals, and visiting clients are all crucial elements to making Meals on Wheels the incredible organization it is.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Meals on Wheels and am so thankful to have been able to spend time at this wonderful organization. I was just in awe at the incredible work that the employees at Meals on Wheels do for others on a daily basis. Meals on Wheels is truly making a difference in so many people’s lives, and I am so thankful I got to take part in that. Thank you to Meals on Wheels and to everyone who made my experience so wonderful!

If you want to learn more about becoming a Dietetic Intern email our Registered Dietitian Rhaizza.