COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND NUTRITION EDUCATION

Below are resources on nutrition education and classes for your food pantry or soup kitchen:

City Harvest provides cooking and nutrition education programming for adults, children and families at a variety of community based organizations within the City Harvest Healthy Neighborhoods. These programs include 6-8 week courses, cooking demonstrations and supermarket shopping tours. For more information contact: Rosanna Campitiello MS, MEd, RD, (917)351-8726; rcampitiello@cityharvest.org.

Cornell Cooperative Extension offers a free nutrition and health-based initiative for staff, volunteers, and guests/clients of Emergency Food Programs to help improve the quality of the food prepared, offered and served to families receiving food assistance. Community Educators provide nutrition education and support during an 8-week workshop series. Participants safely prepare, cook and taste foods, and learn to modify recipes. One-time, nutrition education presentations on sugary beverages, fruits and vegetables and physical activity, and other topics for guests at food pantries and soup kitchens are also provided. For more information contact: Evalina Irish-Spencer, Emergency Food Assistance Program, Nutrition and Health Programs, (718) 363-1016 x326, eci2@cornell.edu.

Food Bank For New York City offers nutrition and food safety workshops for food pantry and soup kitchen staff and volunteers. Many workshops may also be available at your site if you can also host other agencies in your area. For more information contact: Katy Mitchell Gilroy, RD, (212) 566-7855 x2277; kgilroy@foodbanknyc.org.

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables: JSY nutritionists provide free nutrition workshops and recipe demonstrations, featuring fruits and vegetables and items found in your food pantry, for your food pantry clients. Clients learn how to save time and money preparing healthy meals, use fruits and vegetables offered by your agency, and maximize the buying power of Food Stamps. For Brooklyn & Staten Island: Jennifer Horan, RD (212) 566-7855 x 8338 jhoran@foodbanknyc.org; For Upper Manhattan & The Bronx: Stephanie Alvarado (212) 566-7855 x 8349 salvarado@foodbanknyc.org; For Queens & Lower Manhattan: Marlo Dublin (212) 566-7855 x 8301 mdublin@foodbanknyc.org

United Way of New York City offers nutrition, food safety and hands-on cooking workshops for food pantry and soup kitchen staff and volunteers monthly. Workshops can also be conducted off-site at by request. For more information contact: Carla Anastasio, (212) 251-4117; canastasio@uwnyc.org.