Community Health Education
We create opportunities for people of all ages to learn about nutrition, cooking and food resource management.
We believe in putting people at the center of learning. We celebrate the impact that food has on our bodies, our families, and our communities.
Foodlink is a trusted resource for community health education. All workshops and educational opportunities are designed to be accessible, engaging, and useful for participants. Programming can be conducted virtually, at Foodlink, or at community sites across the region.
Cooking Together: Putting the people we serve at the center of learning
Cooking Together is a series of home-based, virtual sessions that support groups of individuals and/or families in their development of cooking skills and exploration of food.
Edible Education: Increasing kids' curiosity about food, nutrition and the natural world
Edible Education is a customizable program for youth that blends garden-based education, culinary education and nutrition education.
Connecting resources: Layering health education with Foodlink programs and services
We can offer community health education to Foodlink partners, such as food pantries and meal sites. We work with other Foodlink programs (e.g. Curbside Market) to help participants connect to Foodlink resources.
Foodlink at the Market!
Every Thursday at the Public Market, our nutrition educators offer free recipe demonstrations and nutrition lessons.
Demonstrations take place at 9 and 10 a.m. in the middle of Shed B at the cooking demo kitchen. Each session takes approximately 20 minutes, and guests are offered samples of a prepared recipe, which focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables that can be purchased at the market. Recipes prepared are healthy, delicious, simple, and inexpensive. Sign-ups are not required to attend a demonstration; everyone is welcome! Guests can show up, grab a seat, and enjoy the interactive workshop.
Last year, we introduced the Cooking Together program and hosted 60 virtual cooking classes for participants of all ages.
Foodlink’s Community Health Educators have formed a partnership with the Education Success Foundation, delivering edible education (gardening, cooking and nutrition) classes for five separate Education Success Foundation programs, reaching hundreds of area students.
Health Education Request Form
Fill out the form to engage with our Community Health staff about available opportunities. Three types of workshops that Foodlink offers include:
(1) One-time workshops: Nutrition educators offer recipe demonstrations and nutrition lessons during a 20-60-minute session. Guests are offered samples of prepared recipes, with a focus on fruits and vegetables.
(2) Series of workshops: Cooking Together is a series of in-person or virtual sessions that support groups of individuals and/or families in their development of cooking skills and exploration of food. Classes are 60-90 minutes with a health educator.
(3) Tabling/Informational events: A Foodlink employee will hand out information about health and nutrition at an agreed upon date and time.