Healthy Living Initiative Classes

The Food Bank of South Jersey’s (FBSJ) core mission of feeding people includes their health as equally important as the food we distribute. The Healthy Living Initiative (HLI) is our way to ensure that the people we serve have access to knowledge of healthy eating and cooking and how to best use the products that we provide to improve their health and manage health concerns.


Classes for Children

Wonder Chefs

Four hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons for pre-k and kindergarten children. Each lesson is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 20 people

Ages: 3 – 6        Duration: 45 mins

Two Bites Club

Nutrition lesson and food tasting for pre-k and kindergarten children. Program developed to encourage children to try new healthy foods by taking two bites. Each student receives a “Two Bite Club” book and certificate to take home. Each lesson is 15-30 minutes. Minimum audience: 8 people

Ages: 3 – 6 Duration: 15-30 mins

Healthy Cooking for Children

Healthy Cooking for Children A 1-hour interactive seasonal cooking lesson for children (ages 7-11). Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 15 people.

Ages: 7 – 11        Duration: 1.5 hours

Cooking Matters for Kids

Six hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons for children ages 7-12. Each lesson is 1.5 hours. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 15 people

Ages: 7 – 12        Duration: 6 weeks (1.5hrs/wk)


Classes for Teens

Healthy Baking for Teens

Three hands-on sessions for high school students. Participants learn to make nutritious baked goods using whole grain flour, fruit, nuts, seeds, and reduced fat dairy products. Each lesson is 2 hours. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 15 people

Ages: 13-14/15-18            Duration: 3 weeks (2hrs/wk)

Youth Nutrition Outreach Training

Six public speaking and cooking lessons for young adults (ages 15-22). Each lesson is 1.5 hours. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 20 people.

Ages: 15-20         Duration: 6 weeks (90 minutes/wk)

Cooking Matters for Teens

Six hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons for children ages 13-17. Each lesson is 2 hours. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 15 people

Ages: 13-17         Duration: 6 weeks (2hrs/wk)


Classes for Adults & Families

Healthy Cooking for Adults

A 1-hour interactive seasonal cooking lesson for adults (age 18+). Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 15 people

Ages: 18+            Duration: 2 hours

Eating Well with Diabetes

A 2-hour, hands-on cooking lesson and tasting featuring recipes designed to manage diabetic conditions. Minimum audience: 4 people; Maximum audience: 15 people

Ages: 18+            Duration: 2 hours

Lunch and Learn

Reserve an FBSJ Lunch and Learn to enjoy a healthy cooking class in your office. Choose a specific cuisine or health-centered topic for you lesson and enjoy a healthy lunch for up to 30 people. Minimum audience: 10 people; Maximum audience: 30 people

Ages: 18+            Duration: 2 hours

Cooking Matters at the Store

A 1-hour grocery shopping class inside a local grocery store. Each participant is provided with a gift card and given 30 minutes of supervised shopping time. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 15 people

Ages: 18+            Duration: 2 hours

Cooking Matters for Adults

Six hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons for adults. Each Lesson is 1.5-2 hours. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 20 people

Ages: 18+            Duration: 6 weeks (2hrs/wk)

Cooking Matters for Families

Six hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons for families with children 6 years of age or older. Each Lesson is 1.5-2 hours. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 20 people

Ages: 18+ w/children     Duration: 6 weeks (2hrs/wk)

Cooking Matters for Parents

Six hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons for parents of children in grades K-12. Each Lesson is 1.5-2 hours. Minimum audience: 8 people; Maximum audience: 20 people

Ages: 18+            Duration: 6 weeks (2hrs/wk)