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When people don’t have enough nutritious food to eat, children do poorly in school. Adults are less productive at work and seniors are less likely to live independently. Food-insecurity also puts people at greater risk for health issues like diabetes and hypertension. Harvesters strives to provide the most nutritious food possible to our neighbors in need.
In addition to providing nutritious food, Harvesters offers nutrition services to its agency partners.
Harvesters offers nutrition resources such as recipes, nutrition information, and food safety information. This information is available through Nutrition Services staff and also can be found online in the agency resources section on Harvesters’ website.
The Nutrition Services team offers webinars on a variety of topics such as diabetes, hypertension, environmental cues encouraging healthier choices, foods to encourage, and food allergens. Recordings of these webinars can be found online in the agency resources section on Harvesters’ website. These recordings are available to all agency staff, volunteers and board members.
The Nutrition Services team offers specific coaching to agency partners on short-term projects such as gardening, pantry set up, environmental cues encouraging healthier choices, staff and volunteer training, cooking demonstrations, healthy food procurement, health screenings, visual aids, and setting up a client choice pantry. This engagement generally lasts two to three months and includes several on-site visits from Harvesters’ staff.
The long-term pantry partnership is a more intensive engagement between Harvesters and a partner agency. Lasting up to eight months, Harvesters’ Nutrition Services staff will visit the agency on a weekly basis and will work closely with all agency stakeholders, including volunteers, clients, and staff on nutrition-related services.
Harvesters offers nutrition education classes that agencies can host at their site to teach low-income children and adults how to cook and eat healthier meals. Harvesters trains agency staff, volunteers and clients to teach the following classes through our Train the Teacher model. Harvesters’ training certifies individuals for one year to teach a specific class.
Project Strength empowers participants with the knowledge and skills they need to stretch their food resources and provide healthier meals. This six-week program for adults on low and fixed income, covers important nutrition basics, food safety and hands-on cooking. Participants also receive a bag of groceries at the end of each class.
To become a Project Strength trained teacher, complete the program application below.
Kids in the Kitchen
Kids in the Kitchen is an age-appropriate, four-week curriculum that focuses on food preparation, food safety skills, nutrition and the importance of making healthy food choices.
To become a Kids in the Kitchen trained teacher, complete the program application below.
This six-week program class helps teens look at health and nutrition in a new light and includes discussion on media and self-esteem and why we make the choices we do.
To become a Teen EATS trained teacher, complete the program application below.
Harvesters offers one-time classes for low-income adults on specific nutrition topics such as Meatless Meals, and Healthy Desserts. Learn more and see course descriptions.
To host a one-time class, contact the Nutrition Services department at Nutrition@harvesters.org..
Check out our other nutrition resources available online.
For more information about any of these nutrition services, please contact Harvesters’ Nutrition Services department at 816.929.3034 for Kansas City or 785.861.7734 for Topeka or Nutrition@harvesters.org
Join our community today and partner with harvesters to solve the problem of hunger in our community. To becomed a trained teacher for any of the above programs, please complete the form below. Once your form is received, Harvesters' staff will contact you.