Food for Salud

Food for Salud is a multi-faceted initiative launched in 2022 at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital that uses the power of food and nutrition to promote the wellbeing of South Florida children and families. 

Three children at lunch table eating
Three children at lunch table eating
Kids in the garden

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring is here! Let’s get outdoors and in nature. Have you thought about growing a garden? Gardens are excellent spaces where families and communities can come together to grow and harvest their own delicious and fresh foods.


Healthy Food for Healthy Kids

There are many benefits to eating well, from disease prevention to overall health and wellness. Lack of access to fresh foods is a barrier to nutritious eating. Food for Salud supports access to nutritious food and brings healthy eating tips and recipes to patient families, kids in local schools, and various community events throughout the year.

Screening for Social Needs

In Miami-Dade County, 18.2% of children live in households experiencing food insecurity, which can impact physical and mental health. As the region’s only free-standing children’s hospital that sees nearly a million children each year, it is our duty to identify food insecurity and provide resources to families.​

Therefore, patients and families at Nicklaus Children’s are screened for food and nutrition insecurity as part of our system-wide Social Driver of Health screening and referral initiative, which also addresses housing, utilities, and transportation. Families who identify as having social needs receive support and ongoing resources from community organizations.

Find Help Now

Nicklaus Children’s understands many factors impact your child’s health. There are resources available to help provide access to nutritious food. This list provides a place to begin.

Community Resources

Featured Recipe

Follow along with Executive Chef Jessica Simon and her young helpers as they make watermelon and tomato gazpacho. You’ll learn how to make your own, as well as why it’s such a healthy snack!

Show Your Support

Join us in supporting the effort to move families from food insecurity to nutrition security. Show children and families that we’re all in.


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of children in Miami Dade live in households experiencing food insecurity


servings of fruit and vegetables are recommended daily for kids and adults

Reducing Food Waste and Eating Right

By Food for Salud
Food for Salud’s nutrition experts are celebrating National Nutrition Month! How would you like to save money and have your entire family eat healthy? One simple way is to reduce food waste!
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