Nutrition Education

Making healthy eating a reality for all communities

Nutrition is central to our mission of pursuing a hunger-free community. Because many of our clients rely on the Food Bank for the bulk of their nutritional needs, we are committed to distributing food that is as healthy and safe as possible. Check out our ambitious nutrition policy to learn more about the food we purchase, and read about CHOPlight, a tool we use to help our agencies select the most nutritious food.

Our programs

To complement the healthy foods distributed in our warehouse, the Food Bank offers a variety of nutrition programs in multiple languages to our 240 member agencies and their clients, as well as to schools and other community partners throughout Alameda County.

Nutrition Classes — These interactive classes teach clients about nutrition basics and healthy food preparation using produce and other foods often found at the Food Bank.

Cooking Matters — During this six-week cooking and nutrition series, participants learn about various nutrition and food safety topics, and get hands-on experience in the kitchen on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.

Train-the-Trainer — Empowers member agency representatives to lead nutrition classes and food demonstrations on their own.

Food demonstrations — During pantry bag distributions, one of our nutrition staff prepares a recipe using fresh produce and other foods available at the pantry site that day.

Recipes — The Food Bank has an array of healthy and delicious recipes for fresh produce and shelf-stable items. They are available in our warehouse, in our quarterly agency newsletter, Agencies in Action, and on this website. Agencies can also request recipes for those items that aren't moving.

Healthy Agency Program — This program helps agencies make healthy changes to the food that their food program distributes

For more information, email Ana at or call (510) 635-3663 ext. 341.