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

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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Butternut Squash Grain Bowl

Butternut Squash Grain Bowl

Bowls are a flexible way to use leftovers and to combine different food groups into your meal. This seasonal bowl uses winter squash, dried berries, nuts and apples. The fiber will help keep you feeling full and satisfied.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash are small and shaped like acorns they’re best for roasting and stuffing. This stuffed acorn squash recipe is perfect for family dinner and has great flavor and texture. You’ll enjoy savory, sweet, and salty in every bite.

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Hummus

Hummus

This classic garbanzo bean dip is easy to make and a versatile dish. Serve hummus with fresh raw vegetables, on a piece of whole wheat pita bread or tortilla, on crackers, or as a sandwich filling.

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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas

This tasty and crunchy snack can be seasoned anyway you like. Use salt and pepper like in the recipe or try cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg – or whatever you have on hand!

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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!

‘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.”

Waukesha School Board Votes To Feed All Students

Schools play a critical role in feeding children. For many students, food they receive at school may be the only nutritional meal they’ll receive that day. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has historically ensured that income-eligible students are able to receive meals free of charge or at a reduced rate.