Nutrition Education programming at Second Harvest is driven by our mission to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships.
We offer classes that teach scratch-cooking and quick healthy snack preparation. Participants may be rewarded with bonus distributions of produce and other free groceries that are tied to the recipes and curriculum. We are here to serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. Please view our Kitchen Classes page for more information abut the kitchen space and our Calendar Of Events Page to sign up.
Provide regular access to health and nutrition education partners so they can hold classes, test recipes and conduct other activities that are geared toward disadvantaged children, families and seniors. Please email Kitchen Manager Jandyl Doak or reach her by phone at 509.252.6246 with questions or for more information.
Train the Trainers
The participants will be leaders of partner food pantries, congregate meal sites, Head Start programs, high-need schools, after school programs, healthcare agencies and other volunteers serving people in poverty. Some of these volunteers will be recruited to facilitate community cooking demonstrations. Please email Nutrition Education Manager Mindy Wallis or reach her by phone at 509.252.6289 with questions or for more information.
Nutrition Ambassadors are volunteers trained by Second Harvest staff to facilitate a peer to peer program focused on cooking demonstrations, teaching My Plate nutrition guidelines, reading nutrition labels, emphasizing fruit and vegetable consumption, reduction in consumption of sugary foods’ and increased physical activity. Delivered at off-site locations, in The Kitchen, and as an accompaniment to mobile markets. If you are interested in volunteering for this program please email our Nutrition Education Coordinator Melissa Johnson or by phone at 509.252.6271.
Second Harvest's Mobile Markets make emergency food supplies more accessible to people in need in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. It's a simple concept that makes a big impact on struggling households. Second Harvest fills a refrigerated truck or mobile bus with food, inlcuding fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat, bread, cereal and other staples and takes it to a high-need neighborhood or community. Click HERE for a list of upcoming Mobile Markets. Click HERE to sponsor a Mobile MarketHealthy Pantry Project
Nutrition Educators increase pantries’ capacity to distribute more fresh produce, support them in recipe sampling, and help them make the healthy choice the easy choice for their clients. If you are a Second Harvest food pantry and interested in having a member of the Nutrition Education Department work with you on setting up the Healthy Pantry model, please email Nutrition Education Manager Mindy Wallis or by phone at 509.252.6289