There are a variety of fantastic nutrition education and cooking class opportunities in Vermont run by community organizations, hospitals, non-profits, and grocery stores/co-ops. See below to connect with existing opportunities in your community.
Pennywise Pantry - With this interactive and hands-on tour, participants will learn how to shop for affordable, fresh, long-lasting, and nutritious foods at City Market.
Cooking Classes - Each month, City Market offers a variety of Food and Wellness classes taught by local instructors! Food for All Program members are eligible for free classes. The Food for All Program is a 10% member discount program that also offers other perks like access to free classes. Any member that receives 3SquaresVT, WIC, or SSI is eligible for the program.
University of Vermont Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) empowers Vermonters to lead healthier lives through hands-on nutrition education. Programs serve income eligible parents, caregivers and expecting mothers, as well as children and teens. The best part? It’s free.
FoodFit - Bringing people together to set goals, learn skills, and make measurable changes in their overall health and fitness, with a focus on nutrition and exercise. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants are immersed in cooking, nutrition knowledge, physical activity, and community. Our goal is to eat more fruits and veggies and whole grains, while making small changes in our physical activity level.
Nutrition Demos & Classes - Hannaford offers FREE nutrition demos & classes at several locations in Vermont (Essex Junction, South Burlington, and Williston), covering numerous topics, from Eating for Healthy Blood Sugars to Prenatal Nutrition, and just about everything in between?
Their demos & classes are fun, interactive, and come with food samples to give you an idea of how delicious healthy eating can be! All demos & classes are taught by a registered or certified dietitian, and often include handouts, food samples, recipes, and a store tour. Some advanced registration may be necessary.
Cooking Classes - Richmond Community Kitchen's mission is to make it easier for everyone in our community to eat well. Through cooking classes, locally-sourced prepared frozen meals, health coaching, and providing event space and kitchen rentals, we are constantly innovating ways to support our community. Our Feed it Forward programs collects tips and donations from retail customers and provides scholarships for classes and coaching as well as gift cards that are donated to the local Food Shelf for folks to come down and grab a healthy meal for their family.
UVMMC Health Source Classes - Workshops are available throughout Vermont for each of the six evidence-based Self-Management Programs. These workshops provide a supportive atmosphere for participants to focus on building skills to manage their conditions by sharing experiences and providing mutual support. All of the programs are FREE to any Vermonter who meets the program requirements. Health Source Classes are periodically available at RCK.
Ask a Dietician - RCK hosts “Ask a Dietician” sessions that occur over Facebook and Instagram Live. Folks can ask any questions they have live or watch the recorded videos.
Veggie VanGo - VeggieVanGo events not only provide an opportunity for participants to bring home fresh produce, they also create a gathering place that offers support and conversations about healthy food. Along with healthy, fresh food, VeggieVanGo provides education and outreach to improve food security. In partnership with our VT Fresh program we offer cooking demos, and taste tests of the vegetables available, paired with recipes and cooking tips. Veggie VanGo is available at schools and hospitals in VT.
VT Fresh - VT Fresh increases client access to fresh fruits and vegetables by offering cooking demonstrations and taste tests to visitors at food shelves and other community locations.