The Food Bank's nutrition staff works to promote increased fruit and vegetable consumption through a series of nutrition education workshops tailored to encourage healthful eating and food preparation.
Diabetes & You
As one of the Food Bank's newest initiatives, Diabetes & You offers free diabetes screenings and education sessions to individuals using food pantries and soup kitchens.
During last year's pilot program, the Food Bank's registered dietitians conducted a four part series with 20 participants at one of our partner agency sites with plans to expand the program next year.
Our nutrition team reached more than 50 children at after school sites with fun and interactive nutrition education activities aimed to reinforce healthy eating habits.
Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables
Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables (JSY) sessions lead by our nutrition staff include cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, encouraging topics like healthy eating on a budget, easy ways to eat more produce, and meal planning.
Last year we conducted 194 JSY workshops, educating 2,102 people on the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
JSY at the Farmers' Market
Since its inception in 2015, our JSY at the Farmers' Market program has been a crowd pleaser. In its first year, Food Bank staff conducted 62 workshops over 13 weeks giving cooking demonstrations at the Downtown Syracuse Farmers' Market using locally grown produce.
More than 930 people participated that first summer, each receiving coupons to purchase local produce at the market, of which $3,240 was redeemed.
CNY Health Bucks
A total of $19,168 in CNY Health Bucks was redeemed last year by customers using EBT at farmers' markets to purchase fresh, locally grown produce. Coupons were distributed through a variety of education sessions informing community members 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.