We are committed to helping people in our community learn about nutritious food choices, and how to stay healthy on a limited food budget.


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The Food Bank’s commitment to ending hunger in our region includes a belief that knowledge is power for the families in need.  Our nutrition team works closely with other local organizations to bring nutrition classes to families and seniors.  Classes are offered on a variety of nutrition-related topics and can be offered in a series or as a single class.  If you are interested in learning more about classes that may be upcoming and open for participants, or if you would like to explore hosting classes for your organization, please contact Frankie Ortiz at (775) 331-3663 ext 151.

Nutrition on Wheels at Distributions

Nutrition on Wheels (NOW) is provided by the Food Bank at Mobile Harvest and Produce on Wheels distribution sites. The Food Bank’s Mobile Harvest & Produce on Wheels trucks deliver fruits and vegetables into 40+ neighborhoods every month, year round. Families who otherwise cannot access or afford to buy fresh produce come to meet the truck at a site in their neighborhood, and go home with a generous supply of produce and other perishable foods, including dairy, yogurt, etc. While they are waiting to check-in, a bilingual nutrition educator sets up a table and talks with clients about pertinent nutrition topics in the form of short nutrition lessons.

SWAP (Supporting Wellness at Pantries)

You may notice the symbols from this stoplight when visiting a Food Bank partner pantry.  Aside from being the cutest stoplight we’ve ever seen, the symbols can play an important role in helping you make healthy and nutritious choices while visiting a food pantry.

Food supplies the nutrients needed to fuel your body so you can perform your best. The SWAP stoplight system is a simple way to recognize foods that promote health and good nutrition when visiting food banks and food pantries. SWAP ranks foods based on levels of saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars because these nutrients are linked with increased risk of chronic diseases.


Low in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar; supports health
Some examples of GREEN foods include:

  • All fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Whole eggs

  • Whole grain bread, pasta, tortillas

  • Brown rice

  • Skim, 1%, and 2% milk

  • Plain water, coffee, and tea


Moderate levels of fat, sodium, or added sugar; can contribute to good health
Some examples of YELLOW foods include:

  • 100% fruit juice

  • Regular “white” bread, pasta, tortillas

  • White rice

  • Whole milk

  • Most peanut butter

  • Plain dried fruit such as raisins


High levels of fat, sodium, or added sugar; think of as treats; limited health benefits
Some examples of RED foods include:

  • Desserts such as ice cream, cookies, cake

  • Candy

  • Most processed / packaged snacks

  • Regular soda and juice drinks

SWAP was developed by the Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions at Connecticut Foodshare.

For more information about the Food Bank’s nutrition programs, please contact programs manager, Kerry Kelly, at (775) 331-3663 ext 147.