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, 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 eleven counties, three Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables (JSY) Nutrition Educators present workshops on 16 different nutrition topics and conduct live recipe demonstrations with a featured fruit or vegetable. Over 110 classes and 1,500 people participated in these interactive workshops last year. As Food Bank and partner agencies strive to focus on distributing healthy foods, JSY workshops compliment this by increasing people’s knowledge on improving diets with real life tips and recipes to do this while being mindful of food budgets, access, and food preferences.
JSY at the Farmers' Market
Over the course of three months in summer, JSY workshops drew over 1,100 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 $4,000 were spent on local produce from this program alone.
CNY Health Bucks
A total of $14,660 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.