RSVP’ers learn about healthy shopping (and eating) during free training at Giant Food in Fairfax

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Story and Photos by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia

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Giant in-store registered nutritionist Marissa Donovan, MS, RD, LDN lead a seminar for volunteers on healthy eating  at the University Mall Giant earlier this month

RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to thank Giant in-store registered nutritionist Marissa Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, for the informative seminar she lead earlier this month at the University Mall Giant on Braddock Road in Fairfax for RSVP volunteers.

More than a dozen current and prospective RSVP volunteers took advantage of the training which featured a talk on healthy food choices and a  guided tour of the store.

Donovan also shared tips on how to eat healthy with a budget in mind and how to create a balanced healthy plate.

The seminar is part of RSVP-Northern Virginia’s free training series offered to volunteers each year. Past events have also included a cartooning class taught by a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and a basics of photography class lead by a professional photographer.

RSVP-Northern Virginia and Giant are in the planning stages of a second nutrition training to be held in another of RSVP’s service areas.

All RSVP-Northern Virginia training are offered free of charge to volunteers, one of the benefits of being part of the region’s largest volunteer group for seniors and retirees.


Do you have an idea for an upcoming training? Please contact  Carly Hubicki at RSVP -Northern Virginia at 703-403-5360.

“We are excited to partner with the University Mall Giant to bring this important information to our volunteers,” said Janet Davison, program manager for RSVP-Northern Virginia. “We really appreciate Marissa and Giant for sharing their time and expertise.”

For more information on how to make healthy eating choices, please visit the Giant wellness blog .

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington is  the region’s largest volunteer network for people 55-years-old and better and  provides personalized support to seniors who are seeking their ideal service opportunities in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. 

In addition to providing a personalized volunteer matching service for seniors and retirees, RSVP holds a number of free seminars on areas of interest such as nutrition to members and prospective members throughout the year.

For more information on how to make healthy eating choices, please visit the Giant wellness blog at

RSVP offers more than 200 meaningful opportunities that include helping seniors age in place, assisting local food pantries, and teaching financial literacy.

RSVP volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage and meal reimbursement and are invited to volunteer group service projects and social gatherings.

To learn more about RSVP, please visit 

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