Nutrition Education

At City Harvest, we work hard to bring more healthy food to our neighbors in need, but we also support the communities receiving food by teaching skills for procuring, preparing, and enjoying healthy and affordable meals. 

We partner with community organizations in all five boroughs to offer free nutrition education classes, taught by City Harvest staff and volunteers. Our nutrition education classes are customized for children, teenagers, parents, and seniors, and focus not only on easy, healthy recipes, but also cover tips for buying groceries on a budget, reading nutrition labels, and storing food to make it last longer. In a given class, you might find 4th graders learning how to chop fruit for a smoothie or seniors sharing ideas for how to add flavor but reduce salt while cooking. 

Our Nutrition Education work goes beyond the classroom. We offer tours of supermarkets, where staff and volunteers take participants up and down grocery aisles, pointing out useful information and tips along the way. Our team also sets up cooking demos at our Mobile Markets, so that participants take home not only free fresh produce, but also the tools and skills to prepare it.  

COVID-19 Update: All of our in-person nutrition education programming is currently paused; however, we are continuing our programming virtually. Contact our Nutrition Education team at [email protected] or 646.277.7801 to learn more and sign up.