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.
Using a MyPlate poster, or drawing a large MyPlate graphic on poster board, provide foods from each food group. Children select food from samples and place in proper spot on poster. This activity can also be offered as a game. Participants race each other or the clock to select food items and place them in their proper place on MyPlate.