|Kitchen Table Programs and Services|
Client Choice Pantry
Client Choice Pantry allows clients to select food instead of receiving a pre-packaged or standard bag of groceries. This allows clients to choose foods they need when they need them. This one-stop environment is tailored to meet the needs of clients by including access to other programs and services.
Nutrition Education emphasizes healthly eating habits, and active lifestyle and disease prevention. Core elements of nutrition education include dietary quality, healthy cooking, food safety and food budgeting. Diabetes lifestyle education and nutrition courses for parents of younger children will also be offered.
SAFB Client Services
The SAFB Client Services department will assist clients with application/renewal assistance for various federal benefits including SNAP (formerly food stamps), TANF (temporary assistance for needy families), Children’s Medicaid and (CHIP), CHIP Perinatal, Adult Medicaid, Women’s Health Program, Women’s Infants and Children (WIC), and Medicaid for Persons with Disabilities (MEPD).
Together with local financial institutions, families and individuals will be given the opportunity to participate in Financial Literacy classes where they can learn skills on various aspects regarding budget. Class components will include balancing a checkbook, creating and managing a budget, saving for the future, and tax assistance through VITA partners.
Senior Nutrition Program
The SAFB Senior Nutrition Program assists seniors transition to a more independent lifestyle by providing opportunities to receive “choice” services and take part in activities that will enhance their dignity and encourage their continual self-reliant opportunities. The goal is to promote better health with improved nutrition, encourage socialization and provide access to supportive services.
During the month of June, the Kitchen Table offers a healthy cooking camp geared towards children ages 8-12 years old. San Antonio Food Bank nutrition staff engages the children through recipe preparation, physical activity lessons and games to help them learn the importance of nutrition, health and wellness throughout their lifetime. We also will offer Summer Food Service Program meals for any child in need of a meal during the summer months from June through August.
Family Dining offers families or individuals the opportunity to gather at The Kitchen Table to work together to create a nutritious meal, learn facts about nutritious meals, share in fellowship around the dinner table and eat. They will also get to leave with a bag of ingredients used to prepare the shared meal.