Nutrition Education

The Houston Food Bank’s Nutrition Education department addresses food insecurity and hunger by using USDA materials and guidelines to achieve nutritional goals. Healthy nutrition habits promote health and reduce risk of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Individuals with skills in nutrition, cooking, food budgeting and food safety are better able to provide nutritious food for themselves and their families, thus improving health and moving toward more secure lives.


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Houston Food Bank nutrition educators travel to organizations to teach classes tailored to the needs of a variety of groups such as socio-economically disadvantaged children, teens, parents, adults and the elderly. Our classes revolve around the recommendations of USDA MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Houston Food Bank recruits and trains registered dietitians, nutritionists, chefs, physical activity specialists, dietetic interns and nutrition students to teach the courses. Most classes feature a nutrition discussion followed by a cooking demo highlighting the material of the class. Classes are free of charge to high risk, socio-economically disadvantaged groups. All classes are available in English and Spanish. The Nutrition Education department requests a minimum of 10 participants to be in attendance for every class offered.

Examples of Class Topics

  • Elevate Your Health
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Eat Smart, Live Strong
  • MyPlate for My Family
  • Grocery Store Tours
  • Exercise
  • Healthy Cooking


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The Cooking Matters program, supported locally by the Houston Texans, offers skills to low income families for making healthy, affordable meals at home.  Classes are offered several times each year at various locations. Learn more about our Cooking Matters series with our Fact Sheet.

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals provides 10 hours of continuing education for child care staff care for lower income young children.

Cooking Matters Child Care Info
Nutrition Education Fact Sheet

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How to Get Involved

  • Nutrition and culinary professionals and students may volunteer their time, talent and expertise to assist with a course.
  • Make a donation to the Nutrition Education department through the Houston Food Bank. Gifts of any amount are appreciated.

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Stephanie Berno, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Education Manager/Registered Dietitian
Sarah Sliffe
Nutrition Education Coordinator
Brittany Niebel, MPH, RD, LD
Nutrition Educator/Registered Dietitian
Sylvia Avila
Nutrition Educator/Physical Activity Specialist
Sandra Mangini
Bilingual Adult Nutrition Educator/Chef
Jennifer Da Silva
Bilingual Nutrition Educator/Chef
Amanda Mendoza
Bilingual Nutrition Educator
Melissa Ceballos
Bilingual Nutrition Educator
Elizabeth Del Rio
Bilingual Nutrition Educator

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