Nutrition Services Programs
Our Nutrition Services Program offers a wide variety of educational programming and workshops for partner agencies and the neighbors in need we serve together.
This research-based, interactive curricula provides skills-based education about:
• How to make healthier choices
• How to prepare nutritious meals and
• How to maximize food resources
Courses meet for two hours, once a week for six weeks and are team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator. Second Harvest Food Bank offers five different Cooking Matters curricula.
- Cooking Matters for Adults - teaches adults how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget. This curriculum is also available in Spanish (as Cooking Matters para adultos).
- Cooking Matters for Families - brings school-aged children and their families together to learn about healthy eating, planning meals as a family and working together in the kitchen. This curriculum is also available in Spanish (as Cooking Matters para familias).
- Cooking Matters for Teens - teaches adolescents in 6th grade and above how to make healthy food choices and prepare healthy meals and snacks for themselves, their families and their friends.
- Cooking Matters for Kids - teaches children in 3rd through 5th grade how to prepare healthy meals and snacks and to make smart choices wherever they go – at school, at home, at the store, or out to eat.
Cooking Matters at the Store
Building on the Cooking Matters Signature Course series, Cooking Matters at the Store helps families make healthy and affordable choices at the supermarket. During a Shopping Matters tour, participants learn and practice skills that help them understand how to purchase fruits and vegetables on a budget, save money by comparing unit price, and make healthier choices by reading food labels and ingredient lists.
Cooking Matters in Your Food Pantry
This free guide gives food pantries the tools they need to secure healthy foods for their pantries and offer food-based nutrition education to the families they serve.The toolkit provides sample outlines of several nutrition education lessons and activities that can be used in the food pantry setting, easily customized to the amount of time you have available for your demonstration. It also contains a wide selection of handouts and recipes to use at demonstrations and to send home with participants.
What’s on Your Plate
A two-hour workshop for partner programs and/or the communty members they serve covering USDA “My Plate” guidelines, how to stretch your food budgets, how to read a nutrition facts label and more.
Want to host a class at your partner agency/program? Contact Jane Anderson, RDN, MPH, Nutrition Services Supervisor, by e-mail or at 336.784.5770.
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