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Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves


Do Cooking Demonstrations

Sally Dover and Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educators — Health and Nutrition

Revised December 2014 by Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition.

On-site cooking demonstrations are a great way to show off easy and delicious recipes featuring foods from your food shelf. Demos are a good way to promote ingredients that clients may be unfamiliar with or to highlight a less common preparation method. Demos can be as simple as you choose. Simple taste-tests of prepared foods, such as boxed soups, can also be a helpful way of introducing clients to a product they may not have tried before.

What You Can Do Today

Tips for Success

How Extension Can Help

Connect with a SNAP-Ed educator or an EFNEP coordinator to set up an on-site cooking or sampling demonstration to encourage clients to attend cooking classes or classes on healthy eating on a budget: SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) or Contact EFNEP.

Related resources

Knife Cutting Techniques (PDF) — Learn how to use a knife efficiently and safely.

Cooking is a SNAP — Find out about the culinary nutrition education course where participants practice food preparation skills to make cooking and eating at home easier and more rewarding.

Preparing Food — A wealth of food preparation tips.

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