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Do cooking demonstrations

On-site cooking demonstrations are a great way to show off easy and delicious recipes featuring foods from your food shelf. Demos are a good way to promote ingredients that clients may be unfamiliar with or to highlight a less common preparation method. Demos can be as simple as you choose. Simple taste-tests of prepared foods, such as boxed soups, can also be a helpful way of introducing clients to a product they may not have tried before.

What you can do today

Tips for success

  • Offer samples
  • Distribute copies of the recipes

How Extension can help

Connect with a SNAP-Ed educator or an EFNEP coordinator to set up an on-site cooking or sampling demonstration to encourage clients to attend cooking classes or classes on healthy eating on a budget: SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) or Contact EFNEP.

Find out more about promoting healthy eating at food shelves:

Download the complete document: Promoting healthy eating at food shelves (PDF).

Sally Dover and Kelly Kunkel, Extension educators in health and nutrition.

Revised 2014 by Kelly Kunkel, Extension educator in health and nutrition.

Reviewed in 2018

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