1. MHC’s Nutrition Education program helps making cooking easy, engaging, and fulfilling for patrons and community members.

    The Nutrition Education program helps fulfill MHC’s mission by sharing skills and information with patrons and community members on how to cook healthy meals at home, to select the most nutritious foods on a tight budget, and to preserve food grown in gardens. We offer in-pantry cooking demonstrations, displays, sample tables, recipes, handouts, and a lending library of cookbooks and other resources. We also offer full-length workshops on a number of topics, including:

    • canning & preserving
    • bread baking
    • toddler friendly foods
    • basic cooking-from-scratch
    • soup making

    Our approach to nutrition education avoids fad diets and focuses instead on basic, whole foods as the building blocks for simple, made-from-scratch meals — as enjoyable to cook as they are to eat. On our shelves, patrons find simple recipes for unfamiliar foods like kohlrabi, Swiss chard or goat yogurt. Volunteers help prepare dishes from seasonal produce and low cost ingredients, then offer samples to patrons during pantry hours. These tasty interactions allow for story telling, recipe sharing and insightful discussions about food traditions and healthy living.

    Check out our Summer 2018 Garden and Nutrition Workshops to see what we’ll be cooking up in the coming months!


    Ongoing Drop-in Cooking Demonstrations
    Join us in the pantry for drop-in demonstrations on cooking, food preservation, and money-saving ideas and recipes. No registration is required for the following regular demonstrations:

    Garden to Table with Alissa
    Every Thursday, 2-3:30pm
    Join Alissa in the Hub kitchen to try new recipes, talk about fresh foods, and provide tasty samples for the Hub community. This drop-in opportunity will focus on foods found in MHC’s pantry and community gardens. No experience required, but feel free to come share your cooking ideas!

    Fermentation Friday
    For the time being we are not able to offer Fermentation Fridays.  If you have any fermentation specific needs, please contact Alissa.

    Listen to WFIU’s Earth Eats highlight MHC’s programs in this story about our approach to nutrition education.

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