Nutrition Education

The Food Bank of WNY teaches participants how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through comprehensive nutrition workshops, cooking classes, and more.

To learn more about Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables or to schedule a workshop, contact JSY Field Nutritionist Elyse Burgher at (716) 935-6701 or at eburgher@foodbankwny.org. To learn more about  Banking on Wellness, Kids in the Kitchen or Good Cookin’, including how to schedule a class, contact Youth Nutrition Coordinator Lisa Pasnik at (716) 935-6682 or at lpasnik@foodbankwny.org.

Good Cookin’

Adults of all ages can participate in a free, five-week cooking course in the Food Bank’s test kitchen.  Here, they will learn about the new trends in nutrition and easy ways to prepare healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.  Participants will also receive tips about shopping on a budget and at the end of each class day, they will be provided with recipes and ingredients so they can recreate those meals at home.

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables is a New York State initiative dedicated to improving the health of low-income families by promoting the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables through nutrition education workshops and food demonstrations. JSY works to ensure participants choose more nutritious food, make the most of their food budgets and prepare foods in a safe manner. Each workshop provides practical nutrition information using recipes and cooking demonstrations involving fresh produce.

For additional JSY resources, including recipes that feature fruits and vegetables, visit the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables website.

Nutrition Programs for Kids

Kids in the Kitchen is a hands-on program through which children learn about cooking and sound nutrition practices. This five-week course is offered, free of charge, to children between the ages of 7 and 18.  Students learn how their eating habits affect their health as they prepare simple, nutritious meals and snacks. Children may enroll through schools, youth groups, and the Food Bank’s member agencies.

Banking on Wellness is an exciting exercise and nutrition program that is available, free of charge, to schools, community centers, and youth groups.  This program teaches young children about the importance of healthy foods and fitness through three interactive games.