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We know that delivering sustenance is just the beginning — it’s critical that we also address hunger with nutritious food and education. We help pantry participants aim for a lifetime of good health by providing nutrition-education opportunities such as hands-on nutrition classes, recipes, and cooking demonstrations.
Our nutrition education classes and cooking demonstrations focus on making healthy meals from the groceries distributed at our pantries. Participants taste samples and receive recipes to try at home. During our four-week mini-series workshops, our nutrition educators cover nutrition basics, understanding food labels, and tips for healthy food preparation. We also offer training programs to staff at our nonprofit partners so that they can better support their participants.
Nutrition educators taught 157 cooking
and nutrition classes, attended by
8 partner agencies
were trained to teach; graduates taught
13 classes to 93 people
A lot of people wanted copies of recipes and of the educational flyers showing, for example, proper portion sizes and how sugar affects the body. They were really very interested to learn those things.”
- Joe Calderon, community health worker, Transitions Health Clinic
I didn’t know what it (kale) was, although I see it in the market. Now that I know what it is and how to cook it, I can eat it. I tried to eat it raw, but I have no teeth and couldn’t chew it. Thank you!”
- Antonia Manor Pantry to Plate (P2P) class participant
I enjoyed everything. The sugar topic was very shocking to me. This is something I can teach my clients.”
- Pantry to Plate Train the Trainer graduate
Fue muy Buena la plática y aprendimos cosas que no sabíamos.”
- Laurel Dell E.S. Spanish-speaking Pantry to Plate P2P class participant
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