Nutrition Education

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Nutrition Education

Hunger Task Force operates a robust nutrition education program to educate students, parents and the public about healthy eating on a budget. We don’t just feed our community—we also educate our students, seniors and families about healthy eating!

During the school year, the Hunger Task Force on-staff School Nutrition Educator travels to local Milwaukee Public Schools teaching nutrition education to low-income kids. Students take regular field trips to the Hunger Task Force Farm, where they gain hands-on experience working in the school garden and demonstration kitchen.

Our Hunger Task Force Community Dietitian also works within the community to educate adults about choosing healthy foods, cooking simple recipes and doing it all while saving money. For more information about recipes, learning opportunities, to plan a visit to The Farm or set up a cooking class, contact us at [email protected].

 

Try-At-Home Recipes

Buffalo-Style Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo-Style Cauliflower Bites

These spicy buffalo-style cauliflower bites are a great way to pack a lot of flavor into seasonal produce. This simple recipe serves as a healthy after school snack or as an appetizer while you enjoy watching the game!

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Vegetable Egg Bake

Vegetable Egg Bake

Breakfast casseroles are a great option for holidays. You can wake up with breakfast ready to go by putting this recipe together the night before. You can even substitute with your favorite seasonings and veggies.

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Ponche (Mexican Christmas Punch)

Ponche (Mexican Christmas Punch)

Ponche is essentially a warm fruit punch that uses Mexican fruits that you might no be familiar with like tejocote, tamarind and guavas. One serving counts towards a full daily serving of fruits!

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Hummus Taco Dip

Hummus Taco Dip

This easy recipe is such a healthy alternative to the traditional taco dip and tastes great. The fresh vegetables make it this dip light and refreshing. Pair with your favorite tortilla chips and you’ll have a crowd favorite!

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Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

This three-ingredient Chili Cheese Dip is a go-to snack to have at any gathering. This recipe makes 32 servings and uses ingredients that are commonly found at food pantries. Altogether, this snack can be made for under $10!

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Easy Roasted Butternut Squash

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash has a smooth, sweet and nutty flavor. Try using it in this Easy Roasted Butternut Squash recipe that uses 5 basic ingredients. This is a perfect side-dish for your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Honey-Glazed Acorn Squash

Honey-Glazed Acorn Squash

This quick and easy acorn squash recipe can be prepped in under 10 minutes. Acorn squash is a winter squash that has a thick green skin (edible) with prominent ridges. It is fibrous and sometimes stringy.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Cozy up with a classic bowl of warm, creamy butternut squash soup. Pair this soup with a sandwich or a salad for a well-rounded MyPlate friendly meal. Butternut Squash is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber.

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Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

This Herb-Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash is simple enough for a weeknight dinner but it also makes a perfect side dish for your holiday table. It is made with just 5 ingredients!

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Education Resources

farmer harvesting collard greens

From the Ground Video

Where does our food come from? Watch this video to see how we can trace our food back to the ground. 

Parts of the Plant Video

Did you know you can eat all six parts of a plant? Walk through each part with Farmer Sarah!

fresh fruit and vegetables

Nutrients

Discover more about nutrients, how they help our body and what foods you can find them in!

Current Network Foods

Canned Peaches

Fruit canned in its own juice is a great option for helping you reach your daily fruit goals. Low in calories, fat and sodium, peaches are a great source of vitamin C to help  keep a healthy immune system. Eat them as a snack, make some peach salsa, or add to yogurt or oatmeal.

Split Peas

Dried split peas are good source of plant-based protein, low in fat and an excellent source of fiber. Fiber is important to help us maintain digestive health, and helps to regulate your cholesterol for heart health, too! Click here for a quick and easy soup recipe to warm you up.

American Cheese

Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, which is key in helping us maintain strong, healthy bones. Add a slice of cheese to some whole wheat bread and lean turkey. Have a small salad on the side and a piece of fruit for dessert to cover all of the food groups.

Healthy Families Cookbook

This cookbook provides a budget-friendly resource for students, families and school partners to cook up new dishes that make healthy choices fun and easy for kids.

The Hunger Task Force “Healthy Families Cookbook” is a wonderful kitchen companion for the whole family! Packed with a variety of easy, nutritious recipes designed to delight both kids and adults, this cookbook is your gateway to creating wholesome meals that the whole family will love.

With step-by-step instructions and handy tips, even the littlest chefs can get involved in the kitchen, making mealtime a fun, interactive experience for the entire family. Say goodbye to the struggle of convincing picky eaters to enjoy their veggies, because our recipes are cleverly crafted to make nutritious ingredients irresistible. 

All of these recipes can be modified depending on allergies, food restrictions and family needs!

Winter 2022 Nutrition Education Quarterly available online

Hunger Task Force doesn’t just feed people in our community – we help along their health journeys, too. Hunger Task Force offers a robust Nutrition Education Program committed to providing useful tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Check out the Winter 2022 edition of our Nutrition Education Quarterly – prepared in English, Spanish and Hmong. Explore this seasonal publication for helpful tips on healthy eating, cooking skills, budget-friendly shopping and ways to fit physical activity in you day.

Nutrition Education Team shares favorite holiday recipes

The holiday season is often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. Our Nutrition Education Team put together some of their favorite simple holiday traditions and recipes to share. We hope you enjoy them – and maybe build some new traditions of your own!

‘Summer Meals’ provides 200k+ summertime meals for children in 2021

Summertime is a peak season for childhood hunger as students go without meals they would normally receive at school. To combat summer hunger, the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children aged 18 or younger during the summer months. Hunger Task Force administers the SFSP in such a large and inclusive way that it’s often dubbed the “Milwaukee Model.”