The Food Bank Coalition strives to not only help the community find creative ways to prepare the foods we distribute, but to also empower community members to make healthful dietary and physical activity choices in their everyday lives. We understand the barriers to engaging in healthy behaviors, including various social determinants of health; and by providing access to fresh produce and nutritious food options at each distribution site we help build a healthier, hunger-free community. The Nutrition Education Program supplements food assistance with nutrition education consistent with the Dietary Guidelines and USDA through recipes, presentations, cooking classes, handouts and various other resources.
What We Do
The Nutrition Education Program at the Food Bank team travels throughout San Luis Obispo County to various distribution and agency partner sites to provide free nutrition education resources, including interactive presentations, demonstrations, and healthy recipes. Presentations and demonstrations include basic nutrition, cooking classes, taste tests, and contextual kitchen skills including food prep, knife skills, cooking, and food preservation techniques. The team also provides samples of healthy recipes using featured items being distributed on that particular day. Each distribution site is unique to that area of the community and is structured in a way that encourages and welcomes participation and inclusion of community members.
Become A Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to help prepare and distribute recipe samples and educational material. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Nutrition Education Program, please contact our Nutrition Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. To browse through our Nutrition Education Program opportunities online, click here.
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