Nutrition Education

Manna’s Nutrition Education program meets our neighbors where they are: at the grocery store and in the kitchen. Together with Share our Strength, Manna offers low-income grocery shoppers free onsite assistance. Nutrition educators teach participants unit price comparison and nutrition label reading to stretch tight budgets when purchasing healthy food. We host workshops, cooking demos, and store tours at centers where neighbors gather. Our free programs make crucial health information more accessible. Any of the classes listed below can be offered in multiple languages; we simply ask your agency to provide an onsite interpreter.

Menu of Services

Habits to Hinder Diabetes and Chronic Disease

Take control of your health starting now! This is a new workshop series for individuals living with Type II diabetes, or who have health concerns about preventing diabetes. “Habits to Hinder” covers the standard American diet vs. eating for disease prevention, foods to maintain good health, motivational tips to get started, as well as signs and symptoms that signal a doctor’s visit. This is a two-part class, one hour each, for groups of at least 15 participants, with no maximum.

Shocking Secrets About Sugar

An interactive one-hour session that will answer the question: can sugar really be addictive? In addition to the brain’s response to sugar, we’ll cover the 46 other names for sugar, eating tips to prevent or control chronic disease, and offer hands-on practice for identifying healthy food choices. Participants arrange sugar packets to visualize the amount of sugar in common snacks, beverages, and pantry items. Minimum 15 participants, no maximum.

Cooking Matters At The Store

An interactive, one-hour walk around the supermarket for budget shopping tips and techniques. All participants receive a reusable grocery bag, cookbook, and $10 giftcard to grocery shop. These classes are available to adults with low-incomes, those enrolled in SNAP, and mothers participating in WIC. We also work with agency-provided interpreters to accommodate non English-language tours. These classes are held at five grocery stores around Montgomery County. Minimum tour participant number is four, maximum ten. Agencies and individuals: contact Manna’s Nutrition Educator (below) to schedule a tour.

Cooking Matters At The Store: Pop-Up Tours

This workshop model allows Manna’s Nutrition Educator to bring the shopping-on-a-budget store tour to county agencies. Large groups and individuals facing physical or transportation barriers can participate fully in the Cooking Matters tour in a seated environment. Pop-Up Tours are held for groups larger than ten participants, up to 100! Like the store tours, all participants receive a reusable grocery tote, cookbook, and $10 grocery giftcard. Agencies can contact Manna’s Nutrition Educator (below) to schedule a workshop.

Healthy and Homemade   

Manna’s Nutrition Educator teaches step-by-step cooking class for affordable, delicious and nutritious meals to children and parents. One and a half hour classes focus on cooking skills, and creating fast recipes with few ingredients. Cooking classes are held at various Montgomery County community centers with licensed commercial kitchens onsite. Contact Lindsey (below) for locations.

For more information about any of these services, or to register a group from your agency, contact Program Manager of Nutrition Education, Lindsey Seegers: Lindsey@mannafood.org or (240) 268-2526