Nutrition & Food Safety
What We Do
- Choosing Healthy Options (CHOP): Our food bank has developed a scientific-based nutrition ranking system to ensure that our product is the most healthy option available.
- Cooking, Activity and Nutrition (CAN) Newsletter: Each month we distribute over 30,000 newsletters to our agencies and their clients with nutrition education materials including recipes and wellness activities.
- Cooking Demonstrations: Our nutrition staff is available to visit our agencies to demonstrate great tasting, healthy recipes that feature products from our inventory and to answer client family questions related to nutrition and a healthy diet. During farm stand season, we do monthly cooking demonstrations at each location.
- Food Safety: We require all member agencies to participate in food safety training. We also provide food safety guidance, from how long past the best by date food is still good to eat to how to respond to food safety concerns in case of an emergency such as flood, power outage, or fire.
- Breakfast 911: We partner with Duquesne Elementary School to provide nutrition education materials and ensure that all children receive a healthy breakfast.
- Kids Cook: At several after-school programs we teach healthy recipes and cooking skills in a three-part hands-on workshop series.
- Recipe Rainbow: Search Recipe Rainbow for recipes using foods you have! Choose from a list of 250 ingredients to find recipes using what you have on hand.
- Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network: (external link)Find out what nutrition activities are going on in your state and check out links to helpful nutrition education materials.
- American Dietetic Association: (external link)Look here for recent nutrition research and peer-reviewed statements on health issues.
- United States Department of Agriculture: (external link)Discover information on government nutrition programs and nutrition tools such as MyPlate, food safety standards, and food regulations.
- National Institutes of Health: (external link)Read more about consumer health topics, abstracts for current research, and new medical studies.
- Pennsylvania Produce Guide: (external link) This handy guide to PA produce will help you know how to get the best produce possible to make your family's meals both healthy and delicious!
For more information please contact our nutrition department at (412) 460-3663 ext. 402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.