Create opportunities for pantry clients to see how items they are receiving can be used to create a healthy meal.
Create a simple cold or hot dish for clients to sample. Note that the Health Department requires running water if the meal is prepared onsite. Another option is to have volunteers prepare a recipe in advance to be sampled.
Suggested recipes from the Capital Area Food Bank website. Provide printed recipe cards (English/Spanish) for participants to take home.
Display poster where volunteers and food pantry customers can write their tips for preparing/getting kids to eat veggies. The poster will be displayed the following month at the food pantry, so parents can learn from other parents.
Display how many ways there are to serve/prepare veggies — roast, use in family favorite meals, prepare as a delish side, etc. Talk about “formula” meals, where you can use whatever you have on hand to make a stir fry, sandwich/wrap, salad, soup, pasta, etc.
Eat a Rainbow Craft: Children cut out a fruit or vegetable to paste onto the rainbow. Let children get creative with drawing and cutting out their own produce, but provide samples to give them ideas. Each child can write his/her name on their cutout and paste it onto the rainbow. Display the rainbow at the food pantry for the kids to see next month.
Grow Your Own Veggie: Children select and plant vegetable seeds in a paper cup with potting soil. Label popsicle sticks with type of seed. Explain how to water and when transplant into ground or larger pot at home.
Quiz Wheel - Participants spin wheel to answer nutrition questions and win prizes. Wheel sections can contain pictures of MyPlate characters. Children can name a food that belongs in that food group or a fruit or vegetable that is a certain color.