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

A Taste Of African Heritage Cooking Program

Oldways’ A Taste of African Heritage program is designed to help people eat and live more healthfully through a traditional diet—specifically, to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based traditional foods, and to prepare more home-cooked healthy meals per week. With lesson plans that simultaneously teach history, nutrition, and cooking techniques, this six-week series introduces participants to the rich cultural history of African heritage foods while providing them the tools they need to adopt this traditional way of eating for better health in modern day life. This program is for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. We also offer the A Taste of Latin Heritage Program,  which is a six-week series. Classes are two hours long, for groups of at least 15 participants.

Habits to Hinder Diabetes and Chronic Disease

This two-part nutrition workshop series is for individuals living with Type II diabetes or who want to prevent diabetes. Habits to Hinder Diabetes and Chronic Disease 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. Each class is one hour each, for groups of at least 15 participants.

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.

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. Like the store tours, all participants receive a reusable grocery tote, cookbook and $10 grocery gift card. Pop-Up Tours are held for groups larger than ten participants, up to 100!


For more information about any of these services, or to register a group from your agency, contact Community Education Program Manager, Madea Allen: