We are committed to helping people in our community learn about nutritious food choices, and how to stay healthy on a limited food budget.
The Food Bank’s commitment to ending hunger in our region includes a belief that knowledge is power for the families in need. The Nutrition Education program at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada offers a free nutrition class series for families called Smart Shopper and a class series for seniors called Seniors Eating Well. We also offer Nutrition on Wheels, which is nutrition education and activities for clients accessing our Mobile Harvest and Produce on Wheels distributions.
Smart Shopper is a series of classes offered by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada that promotes a healthy lifestyle on a budget. Each class incorporates discussions, activities, food tastings, and time to be physically active. Classes are hosted by neighborhood schools where many families have been identified to be SNAP-eligible.
Seniors Eating Well is a series of classes offered by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada that aims to improve the health, nutrition knowledge and behaviors of older adults. It focuses specifically on reducing sodium intake, increasing healthy fats, healthy snacking, preparing fruits, vegetables & whole grains, reading nutrition labels, and physical activity.
NOW (Nutrition on Wheels) Nutrition Program is provided by the Food Bank at Mobile Harvest and Produce on Wheels distribution sites. The Food Bank’s Mobile Harvest & Produce on Wheels truck delivers fruits and vegetables into 40+ neighborhoods every month, year round. Families who otherwise cannot access or afford to buy fresh produce come to meet the truck at a site in their neighborhood, and go home with a generous supply of produce and other perishable foods, including dairy, yogurt, etc. While they are waiting to check-in, a bilingual nutrition educator sets up a table and talks with clients about pertinent nutrition topics in the form of short nutrition lessons.
For more information about the Food Bank’s Nutrition Education programs, please contact SNAP Outreach & Nutrition education Manager, Kerry Kelly, at (775) 331-3663 ext 147.
The Food Bank proudly supports Produce for Better Health Foundation’s Fruits & Veggies-More Matters initiative.