How N.I.C.E. it is!

Our nutrition intern, Jane Brown blogs about our Nutrition Initiative & Cooking Education Program:

Thanks to a grant from The Orlando Sentinel, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has created something really N.I.C.E. for the community: the Nutrition Initiative & Cooking Education program.

N.I.C.E. is partnering with celebrity Chef Cary Neff whom Oprah Winfrey says “does amazing things with nutritious food.” Chef Neff’s easy, tasty, healthy, and budget-friendly recipes will be integrated into the N.I.C.E. program, and are already shared through Food News, Second Harvest’s e-newsletter.

The N.I.C.E. program empowers partner agencies to encourage their clients to make healthier choices. Food preparation and cooking demonstrations will be used to provide practical nutrition education.  Stay tuned for future N.I.C.E. updates!

Chef Neff was recently on hand for the American Culinary Foundation’s 3rd Annual Chefs Outreach to the Community Day which was held on July 13th at the Universal Orlando Foundation Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida.

Chef Neff and several other ACF chefs lent their skills and expertise to teach kids and their families that healthy cooking and nutritious eating can be easy—and fun. ACF national president Michael Ty said, “It’s our goal to teach families how to make healthy choices and equip them with the information and resources to prepare nutritious meals at home.”

The Boys & Girls Club did a great job hosting the event. Multiple stations were set up in the gymnasium for interactive cooking demonstrations that included creative nutrition education that captured the attention and imagination of children and adults alike. One station allowed participants to see how much sugar was added to popular drinks like fruit drinks and sodas.

The children were able to see as much as 9 teaspoons of sugar were added per serving! Taste buds and tummies were satisfied and introduced to a variety of foods. The delicious no-sugar-added berry & beet smoothie and yummy side dish made from fresh basil and whole-grain quinoa opened their little eyes to the wonderful world of nutritious food.

Jane Brown, MS
Nutrition Intern


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