The goal of SNAP-Ed is to “improve the likelihood that persons eligible for the SNAP/Food Supplemental Program will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.” Individuals with skills in nutrition, cooking, food budgeting and food safety help enhance healthy food selections for themselves and their families, thus improving quality of life, stretching limited resources, moving towards self-sufficiency, and reducing risks of developing cardiovascular diseases.
The Southeast Texas Food Bank SNAP-Ed program offers classes for socioeconomic disadvantaged seniors, older and young adults, children, teens, tweens, toddlers, parents, and expectant parents. Our classes revolve around the USDA MyPlate and Healthy Guidelines for Americans. Participants can attend classes or food demonstrations at various sites throughout the counties within the Southeast Texas Food Bank’s service territory (Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Sabine, Tyler, and Polk).
Nutrition Department Services:
Mission Statement: Helping fight hunger and food insecurity in Southeast Texas through nutrition education that improves encounters with food.
The Nutrition Department of Southeast Texas Food Bank provides many services to our community:
- Nutrition Education classes with our Nutritionist for those who are low income (at community centers, churches, apartment sites, agency partners, etc.)
- Healthy Cooking Demonstrations and tastings
- School Assemblies for all ages
- Diabetic Healthy Food Boxes with Diabetic-friendly food and free Diabetes Nutrition Workshops*
- Nutrition-oriented Speaking Engagements
- Healthy Kids classes (including after-school programs and summer feeding programs)
- Healthy Senior Nutrition classes with our Nutritionist that include cooking demos for the low income senior, tastings, and even physical activity catered to seniors
We have a passion for making Southeast Texas a healthier place!
We request that applications be turned in 30 days BEFORE the event.
To fill out Nutrition Event Application, scroll down.
For more information, contact Somi or Rachel at 409.839.8777
*For more information about our Diabetic Program, click here.
Our Nutrition Staff:
Somi Muthuraju is a graduate of Lamar University with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. Her standpoint is teaching nutrition as a preventive lifestyle. She loves working with kids and animals. Her favorite healthy dish is a Salmon Sandwich.
Rachel Hellums not only loves doing cooking demonstrations, but also teaching how eating healthy can be affordable and delicious! She loves all things healing and working with older adults. Her favorite healthy dish is Avocado Chocolate Mousse with raspberries.
Nancy Hicks has a medical assistant degree who comes to us from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She has a passion for teaching, hypoglycemic for 39 years, and Diabetes education. She loves refinishing old furniture and creating healthy snacks. Her favorite healthy dish is Cacao Fudge with blueberries.
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