Simply providing food to hungry West Texans isn’t enough. WTFB needs to make sure that those in our community understand the importance of basic nutrition, food safety, and making healthy choices. We have created programs to help achieve that goal and protect West Texans’ present and future well-being.
The Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed)
The Nutrition Education Program, or SNAP-Ed, is an active learning initiative focused on basic nutrition, food safety, and healthier food choices. WTFB provides hands-on classes to help the community understand how their food choices affect their present and future health. We provide menu planning advice for nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks, tips for shopping on a small budget, and tools to help families make healthier choices. We also provide cooking demonstration classes, recipe creations, and taste testing!
Community Garden (Odessa – 2016)
Food banks in Feeding America’s network use community gardens for education, food production, environmental conservation, and more. At WTFB, we are incorporating our community gardens into our nutrition education program by collaborating with the Permian Basin Master Gardeners who will be working with the Food Bank to present educational opportunities as well as help manage and maintain our new gardens at our facilities. We also hope that our gardens will produce organic fruits and vegetables for distribution and for use in our Community Kitchen program as we provide gardening and food production techniques to help West Texans become self-sufficient.
Community Garden (Alpine)
Funded in part by a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation and working in conjunction with Keep Alpine Beautiful, the Alpine Community Garden was created in 2013 on land adjacent to the WTFB Alpine facility to provide a place for people to learn how to grow their own fresh vegetables. The 10,000 square foot, game-fenced garden has 16 plots that have been adopted by a diversity of gardeners, families, nurses, college students, professors, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, chefs, and SNAP recipients.
Programs on composting, rainwater collection, weed identification, and other garden-related topics are provided. The garden has a tool shed stocked with basic garden tools, 10 compost bins, and six 40-gallon raised tub gardens that are universally accessible—all available for gardeners’ use. The garden requires organic gardening practices. When conditions allow, produce from the garden is made available to the Food Pantry of Alpine as part of its food distributions, which are conducted once a month from the adjoining WTFB facility. For more information, visit the Alpine Community Garden Facebook page, or contact Martha Latta in Alpine at (432)837-1580.