The Nutrition Team at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is excited to partner with the Massachusetts SNAP-Ed Program this year! Since this partnership began, Direct Programs Manager Kristina Mullin and Nutrition Coordinator Meredith Starr have been busy revamping their nutrition education curriculum to align with evidence-based SNAP-Ed curricula for nutrition classes, workshops, and cooking classes. Programming sites include community centers and partner agencies that house local food pantries, meal sites and shelters in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. SNAP-Ed classes cover a range of topics from reading nutrition labels to smart shopping on a budget, and creative ways to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables we eat every day.
This coming September, the Food Bank will be making the much anticipated move a larger space in Chicopee. Direct Programs Manager Kristina Mullin stated, “We look forward to utilizing the expanded warehouse and office space to increase our capacity to provide for more of our neighbors in need. The Nutrition Team is especially excited to use our brand-new teaching kitchen and community room. New cooking classes and workshops are in the works, and we can’t wait to welcome our community to the new space!”