Nutrition Education Volunteers

Do you love cooking? Are you a good teacher? Find a meaningful way to give back in the five boroughs: become a Nutrition Education Volunteer Instructor for City Harvest! Our volunteer instructors are a crucial part of our long-term approach to ending hunger. Share your passion for healthy cooking, basic nutrition and budget shopping with fellow New Yorkers by signing up for nutrition education orientation today!

Check out the video below to learn more about this meaningful way to give back to communities throughout the city!

Nutrition Education Volunteer Projects

All nutrition education volunteer events take place at community partners located in our Healthy Neighborhoods communities in the South Bronx, Washington Heights/Inwood, the North Shore of Staten Island, Northwest Queens, and Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. See our nutrition education and other volunteer projects throughout the city.

Cooking Demonstrations (3 hours): Conduct a live cooking demo showing community residents that it is possible to make healthy, delicious and affordable meals with the options available in their neighborhood. Demos take place at City Harvest Mobile Markets, supermarkets, bodegas, farmers markets, and community food programs. * Location, dates and times vary mostly Monday through Saturday. Calendar

COOKING MATTERSĀ® at the STORE (2 hours): Lead adult community members through their local supermarket and help them learn affordable, healthy shopping skills. Tour leaders empower participants to make real changes to their food shopping habits within their budget.  *Location, dates and times vary mostly Monday through Friday. Calendar

Nutrition Education Courses (3 hours/week): Teach or assist hands-on lessons in planning, shopping for and preparing healthy, delicious and affordable meals. Volunteer chefs, nutritionists and assistants work as a team to facilitate a two-hour hands-on cooking and nutrition course for participants of all ages.  Participants also learn budgeting tips, food safety and nutrition basics. Classes meet once a week for six to eight weeks, and both participants and volunteers are asked to commit to the entire series. *Location, dates and times vary mostly Monday through Friday between the hours of 11am-6pm with occasional evening courses. Calendar

How to Become a Nutrition Education Volunteer

1. Attend a Nutrition Education Orientation - sign up here.

2. After attending the Nutrition Education Orientation, you can volunteer at any of our general volunteer projects. You will also be invited to attend a hands-on three hour Nutrition Education Training, required before volunteering at Nutrition Education Projects.

3. After attending the training, you can get started volunteering with our Nutrition Education projects!