Mixing it up at the Millwood Mobile Food Bank

December 18, 2015

The Second Harvest crew went to the Millwood Mobile Food Bank last Friday (December 11) with cooking demonstrations, recipes, handouts, food samples, and other new efforts to engage the community with nutrition education.

This distribution included many different groups of Second Harvest coming together. The Kitchen crew was demonstrating a Second Harvest favorite: One Pot Bean and Lentil Chili. After the soup was prepared, it was distributed for all to sample. The AmeriCorps Washington Service Corps Nutrition Education team came with a variety of nutrition education signs, handouts, recipes, samples and even had clients try out their skills on the Blender Bike to make fresh smoothies. The volunteers distributing food engaged the clients with interesting nutrition facts about the food, as well as some possible recipe or preparation ideas.


United HealthCare joined Second Harvest at this Mobile Food Bank distribution to affirm their commitment to increasing food security in our community. This distribution doubled as an opportunity to have a debut for the new Second Harvest van, fueled by United HealthCare, highlighting a strong partnership. By bringing in these extra educational components to the distribution, we hope that clients will gain more of a connection with their food, try something new, or see how many of the food items they receive from Spokane County Food Banks can make many healthy and hearty meals. This distribution was a great way to showcase many of the fresh ideas to expand nutrition education efforts, increase food security, and empower our community. 


The Kitchen at Second Harvest is always accepting passionate volunteers to help engage and empower the community through nutrition education efforts. If you could see yourself helping or leading a cooking demonstration, or helping with other nutrition education efforts with The Kitchen at Second Harvest at Mobile Food Bank distributions similar to this, check out secondharvestkitchen.org for upcoming trainings and information. For all other questions or inquiries, contact Allie, The Kitchen's AmeriCorps VISTA, at (509) 252 6271 or at americorps@secondharvestkitchen.org.