Maryori Tello, Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian with BEAM, demonstrates a recipe for a nutritious snack during a workshop on a heart-healthy diet plan. The class was conducted in February for a number of senior residents at Pablo Towers.

Maryori Tello, Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian with BEAM, demonstrates a recipe for a nutritious snack throughout a workshop on a heart-healthy weight loss program plan. The category was performed in February for a lot of senior residents at Pablo Towers.

Final month lived as much as its designation as Coronary heart Well being Month for the employees and shoppers of Seashores Emergency Help Ministry (BEAM). From a category in heart-healthy vitamin to a brand new endowment boosted by a present from Delores Barr Weaver, the company is increasing its efforts to help these in want.

BEAM’s Senior Case Administration Program helps the Pablo Towers and Pablo Hamlet senior residing amenities by offering free companies to low-income seniors by volunteer-led grocery supply, client-choice meals pantry Senior Buying days on the BEAM Meals Pantries and different important companies.

On Thursday, Feb. 10, BEAM’s Registered Dietitian and Diet Companies Supervisor, Maryori Tello performed her first in-person vitamin training course and cooking demonstration for 45 senior residents residing at Pablo Towers. Since February is designated as Coronary heart Well being Month, the coaching mentioned the Dietary Approaches to Cease Hypertension (DASH) Weight loss program Plan, which focuses on meals that protects in opposition to stroke and cardiac sickness.

This system included a wide range of low-cost meal plans and snack choices to help a wholesome coronary heart.

“At present’s vitamin class was enjoyable. I beloved speaking with my neighbors and the carrot cake power ball recipe was so tasty,” stated Ruth, a resident of Pablo Towers and BEAM Meals Pantry shopper. “I’m trying ahead to creating them with my granddaughter when she comes to go to this weekend. She likes to prepare dinner with me.”

Tello's nutrition course at Pablo Towers drew more than 40 participants.

Tello’s vitamin course at Pablo Towers drew greater than 40 members.

Tello additionally performed a reside cooking demonstration, making carrot cake power balls, a wholesome, straightforward snack choice that’s a part of the DASH Weight loss program plan. Every participant obtained a pattern to strive in the course of the demonstration and a bag of components from the BEAM Meals Pantry to make the recipe on their very own.

Individuals had been additionally inspired to schedule an appointment, freed from cost, to satisfy with BEAM’s registered dietitian to debate any persistent illnesses, evaluation present consuming and life-style habits and focus on changes for a more healthy life-style.

“I actually loved educating this class to native seniors as a result of many don’t know the advantages of the DASH Weight loss program, and will actually profit from utilizing it of their each day lives,” stated Tello. “With February being ‘Coronary heart Well being Month,’ I believed it was the right time to do a course on the advantages of consuming a coronary heart nutritious diet.”

As for the brand new Endowment Fund, Weaver’s present of $100,000 has helped it get off to a robust begin. The primary majority proprietor of the Jaguars (together with her husband, Wayne), We has inspired others to match her present collectively, BEAM has introduced a brand new purpose of elevating $500,000 by the top of 2022.

In just one yr, BEAM met its authentic two-year purpose of $300,000 for items to the fund. The five-year purpose is $1,000,000.



“We’re certainly lucky to have Seashores Emergency Help Ministry as a part of our vibrant nonprofit neighborhood, and rising this fund helps guarantee that it’ll stay an essential a part of the Seashores neighborhood in Northeast Florida,” stated Weaver.

BEAM established its Endowment Fund final yr to assist guarantee the sustainability of its mission to offer emergency help and a path to financial stability for low-income households within the Seashores neighborhood. The fund is held at The Group Basis for Northeast Florida, a everlasting fund that may present revenue every year for BEAM’s operations.

The company has additionally introduced a Legacy Society to acknowledge these donors who’re supporting its long-term future by present endowment items and bequests. Present items will construct the endowment steadiness to provide an revenue stream extra rapidly, whereas bequests are anticipated to be the first supply of endowment funds over time.

“It’s actually an honor for BEAM to obtain this beneficiant present from Dolores Barr Weaver. It displays such a vote of confidence from an esteemed chief of our philanthropic neighborhood,” stated Janice Kiernan, 2021 BEAM board chair. “Our hope is that each new and long-time donors will probably be impressed by her present to spend money on BEAM’s future by supporting the Endowment Fund.”

Carrot Cake Power Balls



  • 1 cup oats

  • 1 can white beans (cannellini, nice northern or chickpeas)

  • 1/2 cup any nut or seed butter (Peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed)

  • 2 tbsp sweetener of alternative (honey, blue agave, or maple syrup)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (non-compulsory)

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (omit for dialysis sufferers)

  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cherries

  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots


  • Add oats to a meals processor or blender and pulse till flour consistency is okay

  • Add beans, nut butter, sweetener of alternative, vanilla extract, and salt

  • Course of till a sticky dough kinds

  • Add raisins and carrots, pulse a number of occasions till blended into the combo

  • Roll into balls and refrigerate till you are able to eat (as much as 5 days)

Seashores Emergency Help Ministry (BEAM) helps present emergency help and a path to financial stability to low-income households and people within the Jacksonville seashores space. Study extra at

This text initially appeared on Florida Instances-Union: Beneficiant items, wholesome hearts: February a productive month for BEAM