Nutrition is part of everyday life. Almost every gathering of people has food involved. We participate in many community events from health fairs to community celebrations. We are part of your community!
It’s fun to taste a roasted beet and find its sweet flavor surprising or taste a delicious dish…made with black beans, which you were sure you disliked! That’s what food demonstrations are all about. Each demonstration is paired with a nutrition lesson by a nutrition educator.
Grocery Store Tours
Have you ever wondered what unit prices are or wished you knew how to read a nutrition label? Join a nutrition educator for an interactive Cooking Matters at the Store tour to learn how to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, learn unit pricing and be able to prepare affordable meals.
Our nutrition educators teach free, interesting (and fun!) nutrition classes with adults and youth on topics such as healthy eating, basic cooking skills and grocery store savings. If you are an individual or an organization looking to take a class or organize a series of classes check out our offerings. In some of our workshops, nutrition educators teach basic food preparation and cooking skills, with a focus on adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Along with cooking, participants learn meal planning, healthy food shopping on a budget, how to select healthy recipes and food safety.
Throughout the Summer of 2015, nutrition educators provided nutrition education for those that came to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) bus. The SNAP-Ed nutrition educators saw many of the same participants weekly. Over time, the participants would share the changes they made from the information they learned through the nutrition education. One participant shared, “I made that broccoli salad you had brought last week--so good! I’m definitely making it when my family comes to visit!”. Another participant said, “This information has been really helpful and gives great ideas for cooking healthy! I have been using your recipes.” The presence of SNAP-Ed educators at the CHOW Bus has allowed the community to become comfortable in approaching the SNAP-Ed educators, asking nutrition and health related questions, and sparking interest in what the SNAP-Ed program has to offer.
Alyssa Scoville & Jenna Matthews