As part of our mission to alleviate the burden of hunger, Operation Food Search works to not only distribute food to those in need, but also to provide evidence-based nutrition education to residents of the St. Louis region. Operation Food Search’s Nutrition Education Programs teach low-income kids, teens, families, parents, and adults how to plan, shop, and prepare healthy and delicious meals that are affordable. Education about shopping, cooking, and nutrition helps build the food skills needed to put healthy meals on the table every day. Because low-income families are frequently preparing meals at home, strategies to help make those home-cooked meals are critical in the fight to end childhood hunger.


Cooking Demonstration: A one-time event that creates an interest in healthy eating for broad audiences in diverse community settings through simple recipes and helpful tips. This type of service can be as elaborate as a step-by-step presentation on preparing a recipe to a simple nutrition education discussion and recipe sampling. All participants will receive food samples, recipe cards, and nutrition tips on your topic of choosing.

Nutrition Presentation: Our trained nutrition education staff will provide, to an unlimited number of participants, a one-time nutrition presentation of your choosing. A wide variety of topics are available, ranging from chronic disease management to dealing with picky eaters. This type of service does not include food samples.

Interactive Cooking Class: A one-time interactive cooking class that empowers up to 15 participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy, delicious and affordable meals. Participants will learn hands-on how to prepare a healthy recipe or two while learning meal preparation techniques and healthy eating tips on your topic of choosing. All participants will receive food samples, recipe cards, and nutrition tips.

Workplace Wellness: On average, Americans working full time spend more than 1/3 of their day, five days a week, at the workplace. The use of effective programs and policies in the workplace can reduce health risks and improve quality of life. We understand that workplace wellness programming and policies are not a one size fits all approach and will to work with you to create a personalized approach to combating your company’s specific health related disparities.

Food Pantry Focused Education: As a benefit to partnering with Operation Food Search, tailored nutrition education services are offered free of charge to our Community Food Partners. Services include onsite cooking demonstrations, recipe sampling, nutrition lessons, and nutrition education materials. All educational services are tailored to the food being distributed that day in food pantries, soup kitchens, or shelters.

Cooking Matters® at the Store: Families on a tight budget report that the cost of healthy groceries is their biggest barrier to making healthy meals at home. Food skills, like smart shopping, can help overcome that barrier.  This interactive, one-day guided grocery store tour teaches low-income adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars. During the 1 ½ hour tour, participants are empowered by four key food skills: reading food labels, comparing unit prices, finding whole grain foods, and identifying three ways to purchase produce. The tour often ends in the $10 Challenge, an activity where participants use the skills they’ve just learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10.

You Can Help!

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of our Nutrition Education services. Take a look at all of the volunteer opportunities we have available!

Host Nutrition Education

Are you interested in hosting Nutrition Education services at your school, community center, or other organization?

Media Room

Read up on our latest blog posts written by one of Operation Food Search’s trained nutrition education professionals on a variety of topics.

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