Nutrition & Health Education
Throughout the five boroughs, low-income neighborhoods are characterized by a lack of affordable, nutritious grocery stores, chronically stretched budgets and the prevalence of low-cost junk food. Among other problems, these circumstances contribute to high concentrations of diet-related conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Food Bank's CookShop Program — the centerpiece of our nutrition and health education efforts — Open Market BackPack Program and Network Services combat food poverty by helping New Yorkers in need move toward healthy lifestyles and supporting our network of food assistance programs to build capacity and improve existing services.
Using hands-on exploration, cooking and physical activities to foster children’s enjoyment and consumption of healthy foods, as well as their appreciation for good nutrition and living an active lifestyle, CookShop Classroom is implemented in over 1,800 public elementary and after-school classes citywide.
CookShop for Families offers workshops for parents and guardians of students in schools participating in CookShop Classroom. Through simple, healthy recipes using fresh, affordable ingredients, the workshops help participants develop the knowledge and skills to make CookShop part of their families’ daily lives.
EATWISE or Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating, is our CookShop program for teens, which empowers New York City public high school students to become peer nutrition educators in their own schools and communities. EATWISE provides teens with ongoing support and training in nutrition and leadership skills.
A joint venture of Food Bank and the Mario Batali Foundation, Community CookShop offers nutrition and health education workshops for parents/caregivers and their children at New York City food pantries and soup kitchens. Using recipes developed by Chef Mario Batali, participants learn strategies to achieve a healthy diet on a limited budget.
Through the Change One Thing campaign, CookShop Social Marketing encourages food-stamp eligible New York teens to make one healthy choice per day to move toward a healthy lifestyle.
Our Open Market BackPack Program provides nutrition-education for children while letting them choose food for themselves and their families in a marketplace setting.
Our Campus Pantry program provides students from kindergarten to college with fresh produced and packaged food.
Food Bank provides our citywide network of more than 1,000 food assistance programs with education and nutrition services in order to strengthen the New York City hunger-relief community's ability to combat food poverty.
Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) project dedicated to improving the health and nutritional status of low-income families in New York. Food Bank For New York City receives grant funds from the USDA and the New York State Department of Health for three JSY nutritionist positions housed at our offices to cover these needs throughout the 5 boroughs.