Child Nutrition Engagement Program

In recognition of the intimate relationship between a child’s nutrition and their development, Hays County Food Bank’s Child Nutrition Engagement Program aims to fight hunger through dietary and nutritional awareness. In collaboration with local schools and school programs targeting children, the Child Nutrition Engagement Program will employ several different teaching tools to enrich the lives of young individuals, their families and the communities in which they live.
A trained nutrition professional will provide a 1-hour program, which includes a nutrition lesson geared towards children, an interactive game to help solidify the lesson's concepts, and a food demonstration and tasting of a healthy, low-cost snack.
6 OR 12 Session Program
  • Food Groups and Serving Sizes
  • Colorful Fruits and Vegetables
  • Importance of Protein
  • Good Fats v. Bad Fats
  • What Makes a Grain Whole
  • Dairy and Healthy Bones
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Limiting Sugars
  • Limiting Salts
  • Reading a Food Label
  • Making Healthy Snack Choices
  • Importance of Breakfast 

Kid's Cooking Club

An interactive cooking class for kids. Personally execute a cheap and healthy recipe! Eat the meal you cook with other participants. Kids will be exposed to nutritious foods with a variety of textures and flavors and learn:
Once a Week for a Semester
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Knife Skills
  • How to Read a Recipe
  • Measuring Techniques
  • Methods of Cooking

Food-Wise Cooking Classes

Food-Wise is a nutrition and hands-on cooking class for families, and it includes both children and adults. This cooking class focuses on the nutrient value of individual fruits and vegetables in a hands-on environment to demonstrate how to cook the particular fruits and vegetables being featured. We use fresh, seasonal items in this class. We also use this class to teach families and individuals how to use the foods they receive from the food bank in a healthy way. For example, we suggest trying black bean burgers instead of regular hamburgers. Food-Wise is three times a month for families and individuals.
Classes Meet 
Second Monday of each Month
All Ages Welcome
Springtown Villas
2:00 p.m.
503 Springtown Way
San Marcos, TX 
Fourth Wednesday of each Month
Family Friendly Class
Little Lambs Diaper Bank
10:00 a.m.
126 W. Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX 
Ask for Carrie 
Final Thursday of each Month
Family Friendly Class
6:00 p.m.
701 S. LBJ Dr.
San Marcos, TX 
Sign up here

Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program

A trained nutrition professional provides a 1-hour program, which includes a stretching session, a nutrition lesson geared towards seniors, and a food demonstration and tasting of a healthy, low-cost recipe, which the participant gets to take home with them for future use.

6 OR 12 Session Program
  • Blood Pressure and Salt
  • Diabetes and Managing Blood Sugar
  • Diet and Bone Health
  • Immune Boosting Foods
  • The Importance of Fiber
  • Portion Control
  • Limiting Cholesterol
  • Boosting Energy and Metabolism
  • Anti-Inflammatory Foods
  • Preventing Dehydration
  • Kidney Health
  • Stretching Your Food Dollar

Health Initiative

In collaboration with volunteers, community-based organizations, and health care partners, we hold special demonstrations to encourage clients and the community to take charge of their personal health.

Nutrition Programs Brochure
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for printable PDF.



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