Education Programs

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Job Training
Civic Engagement and Advocacy
Nutrition Education
Trillium Screen and Intervene


FOOD for Lane County’s two gardens — the GrassRoots Garden and the Youth Farm — grow fresh nutritious food for distribution through the FFLC network of partner agencies while providing opportunities for youth and adults to grow, learn and contribute to their community. More than 2,000 children and youth visit the gardens each year, and youth and adults gain skills in gardening, nutrition, and community building.

Job Training

In July 2017, FOOD for Lane County started a job training program to help people receiving services with employment skills to help be on a path out of poverty. We work with adults who may face challenges to employment, providing a supportive and structured environment to get them ready for the workforce. Daily instruction and guidance is provided by FOOD for Lane County staff, working side by side with job trainees in the daily operation of the food bank’s programs. The programs run twelve weeks.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy

In the United States, communities of color and other marginalized groups experience food insecurity at higher rates than the general population. In order to acknowledge and respond to this reality, FOOD for Lane County strives to bring an equity focus to all of our efforts to reduce hunger in Lane County. One specific way we do this is through Civic Engagement and Advocacy.

Our Civic Engagement and Advocacy Manager develops strong and effective collaborations with communities of color and other marginalized groups in Lane County, works together with our Partner Agencies to eliminate barriers to services, supports FFLC equity planning, encourages advocacy by persons who have experienced food insecurity, and provides public policy advocacy information to FFLC stakeholders.

For more information about our Civic Engagement and Advocacy effort, contact Kelsey Nava-Costales at 541-343-2822 or email here.

Nutrition Education

FOOD for Lane County’s Nutrition Education Program provides nutrition education, basic cooking skills and tips on how to stretch limited food budgets to income-eligible audiences throughout Lane County. We currently have two education programs: Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store.

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is a cooking-based nutrition education program.

  • Learn how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget
  • Practice fundamental lessons including knife skills, reading ingredient labels and cutting up a whole chicken.
  • Learn how to make a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget

At the end of each lesson, participants take home ingredients to practice preparing the recipe taught that day. Classes are taught by volunteers and administered by FOOD for Lane County in partnership with Oregon Food Bank and with the support of Share Our Strength.

Cooking Matters at the Store

Cooking Matters at the Store meets adults at the grocery store for a learning experience that teaches participants how to make positive changes to their food shopping habits.

Topics include:

  • Reading and understanding nutrition fact labels and unit pricing
  • Choosing healthy food from every section of the grocery store
  • Other ways to stretch a food budget without minimizing quality

If you are interested in scheduling classes or volunteering for the Nutrition Education Program, contact FFLC Nutrition Education Program Coordinator Dana Baxter by email here or call (541) 343-2822 x104.

Covid update, August 2020: The Nutrition Education Program has been transitioning its free classes to an online format.

Check out some nutritious recipes here.

Trillium Screen and Intervene

Trillium Screen & Intervene identifies food insecure individuals and families during their visits to healthcare providers by asking two simple questions about access to nutrient-dense food. If patients are food insecure, they are referred to a Trillium Produce Plus site to pick up free fresh fruits and vegetables. The Trillium Produce Plus site may be located at the medical clinic that conducted the screening.