The Houston Food Bank offers a nutrition education program to address food insecurity and hunger by using USDA materials and guidelines to achieve nutritional goals. Healthy nutrition habits promote health and reduce risk of diseases, such as diabetes. People with skills in nutrition, cooking, container-gardening, 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.
Nutrition Education Classes
We offer classes to our partner agencies, tailored to the needs of the group, for socio-economically disadvantaged elderly, children, teens, mothers and babies, pregnant mothers, healthy adults and people with AIDS. Our classes revolve around the USDA My Plate and Healthy Guidelines for Americans with support of American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, WIC and American Dietetic Association materials. Each class features a cooking demo highlighting the material of the class. Classes are free of charge to high risk, socio-economically disadvantaged groups.
Examples of Class Topics With Cooking Demonstrations
- Apple-A-Day (five part series)
- Cooking on a Budget
- Healthy Choices
- My Plate
- Grocery Store Tours
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. Fact Sheet
The Houston Food Bank recruits and trains volunteer chefs, culinary students, registered dietitians, dietetic technicians and nutrition students to teach the courses. Each course includes 10-15 participants.
How to Get Involved
- Culinary and nutrition professionals and students may volunteer their time, talent and expertise to teach a course.
- Donations of grocery store gift certificates for the classes are welcome.
- Make a donation to the Nutrition Education program through the Houston Food Bank. Gifts of any amount are appreciated.
Nutrition Education Coordinator
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