Nutrition Education Program Service Group at the Thurston County Food Bank: What we do
Thurston County Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in Thurston County. Along the road, we strive to promote healthier food choices and prevent disease. Many families use our services because their health has been compromised in some way and they have no resources to spare for food. In promoting and providing healthier food choices, we work to end the cycle that connects poverty, disease, and food insecurity. We do this by providing nutrition education and recipes that make preparing and eating healthy foods easier and more desirable, and by building relationships with local farms and businesses so that we can provide a higher volume of fresh produce and other fresh nutrient-dense items.
In addition to ensuring that food is healthy, we work hard to make sure that all of the food is safe. We require that everyone on our nutrition team has an up-to-date food handler’s card, and we ask that our kitchen volunteers also have theirs.
Food Resource Management Classes
More “Plan, Shop, Save & Cook” classes scheduled!
“Plan, Shop, Save & Cook” is a 4-class series for people who want to eat healthy for less.
If you are struggling to eat well on a tight budget, confused by food labels and serving sizes, or want to avoid wasting or running out of food, this is the class for you. Each hour-long class is free to SNAP-eligible people. Classes are taught by our registered dietitian Laura Woodworth and qualified volunteers.
At each class, you will:
· Receive a FREE gift!
· Learn to use food labels, save money & plan good meals!
· Taste a healthy low-cost recipe!
· Get helpful tips and handouts
Check back soon to find out when the next class series will take place!
The class is open to SNAP eligible seniors, parents with or without kids, students and individuals. For questions about SNAP benefits, please contact Allison Eby at 352-8597, extension 109.
To sign up or if you have any questions, call 352-8597, extension 111, or
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services at 1-877-501-2233.
Our SNAP-Ed team has compiled a searchable database of easy and nutritious recipes to help you make the best use of your food bank produce:
click here to visit the recipe page (under construction)
In addition to our list of recommended recipes, we have also gathered the following resources for learning about healthy eating:
nutrition info page link (under construction)
Local Allies for Health & Wellness
The following Olympia and Thurston County organizations are committed to educating the public about healthy eating and eliminating hunger and malnutrition in our community:
- GRuB http://goodgrub.org/
- Olympia Food Co-op http://www.olympiafood.coop/
- Slow Food http://slowfoodolympia.org/
- Food Not Bombs http://www.foodnotbombs.net/washington.html
- Olympia Farmer’s Market http://www.olympiafarmersmarket.com/
- Kiwanis Food Bank Garden https://www.facebook.com/OlympiaKiwanisFoodBankGarden
- Just Say Yes to Fruits and Veggies program: http://jsyfruitveggies.org/
- The recipes from that website: http://jsyfruitveggies.org/recipes-all/
- Eating on a healthy budget free online course: http://www.trainingspace.org/courses/eating-healthy-on-a-budget/course-map/