Teaching Nutrition and Life Skills to Adults with Low Incomes

A Good Idea


The Super Pantry Program of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank conducts a seven-week program on nutrition education and life-skills for recipients of the USDA Food Stamp Program in the rural area surrounding Verona, Virginia. The nutrition lessons are conducted in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The life-skills training is provided by community-based speakers arranged by the Food Bank. AmeriCorps*VISTA members assist with site staff training and coordinating life-skills training.

Goal / Mission

The goal of the program is to help clients reach self-sufficiency through life-skills and nutritional education.

Results / Accomplishments

-Approximately 1000 clients completed the program between 1996 and 2002.
-Positive changes have been recorded in the nutritional behavior of Super Pantry Program graduates.
-Participants become aware of other related services during the course of the program.
-Many of the participants refer other Food Bank clients to the Super Pantry Program and some have even become volunteers for the program, enabling them to support others in need.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Dawn Miller
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network
PO Box 937
Verona, VA 24482
Economy / Poverty
Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Education / Vocational & Adult Education
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network
Corporation for National & Community Service
Date of publication
Geographic Type
Verona, VA