April 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Aamina and Rachel, NTFB Nutrition Education Volunteers

April 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Aamina (left) and Rachel (right) answer questions from participants during a Cooking Matters class.

At the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), our overarching, organizational mission is to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food. Within that goal, we are committed to empowering our neighbors through free culinary and nutrition education. NTFB staff and volunteers teach the basics of nutrition, cooking, food-budgeting and food safety to promote healthful and affordable food choices.

Aamina and Rachel are volunteers with NTFB’s Nutrition Education team and help administer the Cooking Matters program. This program teaches parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Both Aamina and Rachel share a passion for nutrition and for serving their community, so volunteering with the Cooking Matters program blends both interests.

“Connecting with the participants and experiencing their evolution over the six-week program” has been Rachel’s favorite aspect of the experience, she said. Aamina said she has made many new friends through this experience and “learned things about [our] community that I never knew.”

Throughout their volunteer experience, Aamina and Rachel were surprised to learn about the impact of hunger in our community. For Rachel, this experience taught her that “teaching individuals and families about cooking and price effectiveness can mitigate the financial burden of healthy meals in such a huge way.” Aamina said she was surprised to learn “that so many kids are hungry during summer holidays.”

As we work to close the hunger gap in North Texas, our volunteers play a critical role. Without the support of so many hunger fighters and our vast Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, we would not be able to provide access to nearly 190,000 meals every day. We can close the hunger gap in North Texas, but it will take each of us extending our support and joining together to feed our hungry neighbors.

To join Aamina and Rachel, and make an impact in our community, visit www.ntfb.org/nutrition-services.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

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Aamina (left) and Rachel (right) answer questions from participants during a Cooking Matters class.

At the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), our overarching, organizational mission is to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food. Within that goal, we are committed to empowering our neighbors through free culinary and nutrition education. NTFB staff and volunteers teach the basics of nutrition, cooking, food-budgeting and food safety to promote healthful and affordable food choices.

Aamina and Rachel are volunteers with NTFB’s Nutrition Education team and help administer the Cooking Matters program. This program teaches parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Both Aamina and Rachel share a passion for nutrition and for serving their community, so volunteering with the Cooking Matters program blends both interests.

“Connecting with the participants and experiencing their evolution over the six-week program” has been Rachel’s favorite aspect of the experience, she said. Aamina said she has made many new friends through this experience and “learned things about [our] community that I never knew.”

Throughout their volunteer experience, Aamina and Rachel were surprised to learn about the impact of hunger in our community. For Rachel, this experience taught her that “teaching individuals and families about cooking and price effectiveness can mitigate the financial burden of healthy meals in such a huge way.” Aamina said she was surprised to learn “that so many kids are hungry during summer holidays.”

As we work to close the hunger gap in North Texas, our volunteers play a critical role. Without the support of so many hunger fighters and our vast Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, we would not be able to provide access to nearly 190,000 meals every day. We can close the hunger gap in North Texas, but it will take each of us extending our support and joining together to feed our hungry neighbors.

To join Aamina and Rachel, and make an impact in our community, visit www.ntfb.org/nutrition-services.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

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