The Food Bank offers excellent nutrition education programs and initiatives led by nutrition and public health professionals. By offering these opportunities to partner agencies and in turn program guests, the Food Bank is contributing to the improvement of the health and nutrition status of our community.
Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables (JSY)
Traveling to all 11 counties, three JSY Nutrition Educators present workshops on 15 different nutrition topics and conduct live recipe demonstrations with a featured fruit or vegetable. Over 120 classes and 1,600 people participated in these interactive workshops last year. As the Food Bank and our partner agencies strive to focus on distributing healthy foods, JSY workshops increase knowledge on improving diets, provide real life tips, and support mindfulness of food budgets, access, and food preferences.
JSY at the Farmers' Market
Over the course of three months in the summer, JSY workshops drew over 1,650 people to participate in nutrition workshops and recipe demos. Participates enthusiastically shared recipes tips, tasted new fruit or vegetable dishes, and picked up locally grown produce. In addition to the recipe demo, attendees received nutrition information, recipes, and $4 in CNY Health Bucks to purchase local produce right at the market. Over $6,000 was spent on local produce from this program alone.
CNY Health Bucks
A total of $24,996 in CNY Health Bucks was redeemed last year by customers at farmers' markets to purchase fresh, locally grown produce. Coupons were distributed at farmers' markets as an incentive for customers using SNAP benefits and through education sessions informing individuals about the health benefits associated with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
CNY Health Bucks provide emergency food program guests with the opportunity to purchase produce at their local farmers' market while simultaneously supporting the local economy.