Pantry Makeover/Nutrition Education Resources

sallie-2In 2014, with the help of a Walmart Foundation grant, we were able to collaborate with Urban Ministries of Wake Co to provide nutrition education for their clients.  Urban Ministries provides emergency medication and medical care, emergency assistance for electric bills, a food pantry, and homeless shelter for women.  To learn more about their programs, visit their website at www.UrbanMin.org.

In addition to providing Cooking Matters at Cooking Matters at the Store, we created a program to increase access to produce, and resources for clients to prepare healthy meals.  Oumeal-kitr “Meal Kit” program consisted of a recipe or template, a handout regarding the nutrition education talking points, produce card information including how to store, prepare, and the health benefits of the produce items they were receiving, a welcome letter, and postage-paid survey card.  Each month responses were entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card from Food Lion.


We have provided the program components below to give you an ideas on how you might tackle a pantry makeover or nutrition education project/program.  Feel free to download any and all of these handouts, however, if you wish to change the branding (logo) or other contents, email us and we can forward the publisher files.

Share Our Strength Pantry Toolkit

Cover Letter to Pantry Clients – Template/Sample

January

Mealkit Instructions

Pizza Made Simple Recipe/Template

Postcard Survey – Spanish  and  Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

February

Broccoli Fun Facts

Meal Kit Instructions

Postcard Survey – Spanish and  Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

Stir Fry Made Simple Recipe/Template

March

Meal Kit Instructions

Postcard Survey – Spanish and  Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

Salad Dressing Made Simple Recipe/Template

April

Snack Smart – from CMF

Drink Snack Smart – from CMK and Page 2

Snack Smart – from CMT

Fresh Salsa Tortilla Chips Made Simple Recipe

Postcard Survey – Spanish and Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

May

Fritter Made Simple Recipe/Template

postcard-survey-spanish and  postcard-survey

produce-cards

June

kale-cube

Postcard Survey – Spanish and  Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

Smoothies Made Simple Recipe/Template

July

Comparison Chart – Easy Mac vs. Stove Top

Mac-N-Cheese and Billionaire Broccoli Made Simple Recipe/Template

Postcard Survey – Spanish and  Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

August

Frittata Made Simple Recipe/Template

Nutrition Comparison – Breakfast

Postcard Survey – Spanish and Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

September

Postcard Survey – Spanish and Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

Soups Made Simple Minestrone Recipe/Template

Kale Cube Handout

October

Demo Picture – Butternut Squash

Postcard Survey – Spanish and Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

Side Dish Made Simple Recipe/Template

November

Casseroles Made Simple Recipe/Template

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole – Extra Recipe

Meal Kit Instructions

Postcard Survey Spanish and Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

Recipe Makeover – Sweet Potato

Turkey Stock and Soup – Using Leftovers

December

10-Health Benefits of Turnips

Postcard Survey – Spanish and Postcard Survey

Produce Cards

Stew Made Simple Recipe/Template