Nutrition Education

Classes in nutrition, food safety, meal preparation and budgeting taught in collaboration with community organizations and partners.

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The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. has been committed since 2007 to achieve optimal health and wellness through nutrition education to maximize your quality of life choices and engage in physically active lifestyles consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines.

The Nutrition Education Program, or SNAP-Ed, is an active learning initiative focused on basic nutrition, food safety, and healthier food choices. The Food Bank provides hands-on classes to help the community understand how their food choices affect their present and future health. We provide menu planning advice for nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks, tips for shopping on a small budget, and tools to help families make healthier choices. We also provide cooking demonstration classes, recipe creations, and taste testing!

Our Nutrition Education program is designed to empower people of all ages to become enthusiastic health advocates for their families and communities!

All of our classes are available free of charge to organizations (minimum of 8 participants). 

Hunger and health are deeply connected. In addition to providing access to healthy foods, the Nutrition Education Program offers a series of bilingual nutrition education, cooking and gardening classes that teach individuals and families how to shop for and how to prepare easy, nutrient-dense meals from budget-friendly grocery items and foods typically supplied through the Food Bank’s network of 275 Partner Agencies.

Due to the pandemic, we are currently conducting our classes virtually through Microsoft Teams.

Please contact Sandra Villegas at 956-904-4523 for more information or to sign to participate.

Please view some of our most popular and requested heart healthy and nutritious recipes prepared by our Nutrition Education Staff.