The Galveston County Food Bank partners with organizations throughout our community to help equip our families with the resources they need to cook nutritious, convenient, safe meals.

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Staff Contacts

Alexis Bosquez
Nutrition Education Coordinator

Aemen Farooqui
Nutrition Educator

Charli Harlen
Nutrition Educator

Sarah Bigham
Nutrition Educator

Cooking Videos



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Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut Butter Muffins muffin tinmixing bowl 1 1/4 cup peanut butter1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour3/4 cup rolled oats3/4 cup brown sugar1 tbsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt1 1/4 cup milk1 egg Preheat oven to 375 degrees FahrenheitMix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in mixing bowlBeat milk, eggs, peanut butter together in a separate …
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Veggie Tacos

Veggie Tacos 1 can low sodium black beans1 can whole kernel corn (no sugar added)1 bell pepper1 whole avocado (optional)1/2 red onion1/4 cup lime juice2 tsp honey1 tsp chili powder1 tsp cuminSalt and pepper to tasteCorn or flour tortillas Drain black beans and rinse. Drain corn. Mix together in a larger mixing bowlChop bell pepper …
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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad 6 cups fresh spinach2 cups strawberries (sliced)1/2 cup nut or seed of choice ((almond, walnut, pumpkin seeds, pecan))1/4 cup red onion (chopped)1/2 cup olive oil1/4 cup balsamic vinegarSalt and pepper to taste Wash fresh spinach and place in large bowlSlice strawberriesChop onionsIn a separate bowl mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and …
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Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad cooking pot 1 can chicken in water1/2 onion1/2 cup pesto sauce1 cup chopped tomato or cherry tomato1/4 cup olive oil1 pkg pasta of your choice (spaghetti, macaroni, bow tie)Parmesan cheese for garnish Cook pasta according to package and the put in large bowlChop tomatoes and onion while pasta is cookingAdd chicken, …
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Nutrition Education Blogs


Dietetic Intern: Sarah Bigham

Hello! ? My name is Sarah Bigham, and I am a dietetic intern at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). I came to the Galveston County Food Bank for my 4-week community rotation in July 2022. My time with the food bank was a humbling experience. It was an enriching time that allowed me …
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Intern Blog: Abby Zarate

My name is Abby Zarate, and I am a University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) dietetic intern. I came to the Galveston Country Food Bank for my community rotation. My rotation was for four weeks during March and April. During my time I go to work on various educational and supplemental programs. I used the …
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Dietetic Intern Blog

Hi! My name is Allison, and I am a dietetic intern from the University of Houston. I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at the Galveston County Food Bank. My time at the Galveston County Food Bank exposed me to a variety of responsibilities and roles that nutrition educators take on in the community, including …
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Intern: Trang Nguyen

My name is Trang Nguyen and I’m UTMB a dietetic intern rotating at the Galveston County Food Bank (GCFB). I interned at GCFB for four weeks from October to November 2020, and now coming back after more than a year for two more weeks in November 2021. I totally can see the differences within the …
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Intern Blog: Nicole

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I am the current dietetic intern at the Galveston County Food Bank. Prior to starting my rotation here, I had thought that all we did in the nutrition department were nutrition education classes. I did create a few activities that I thought would be engaging for the elementary …
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Intern Blog: Biyun Qu

My name is Biyun Qu, and I am a dietetic intern rotating at the Galveston County Food Bank.  At the Food Bank, we have different existing projects to work on, and you even can come up with new ideas and implement them! While I was working here for four weeks, I have been helping with …
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Herb Infographics

We have recently been able to plant a small herb garden at the food bank. Please enjoy the infographics we have created about the herbs that we planted and hope to be able to share with you soon!

What are “Processed Foods”?

The term “processed foods” is thrown around in nearly every health article and food blog you can find. It’s no lie that the majority of foods found in groceries stores today are processed foods. But what are they? How do we know which ones are ok to consume and which are unhealthy? Here is a …
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Health Principles for Senior Citizens

We focus a lot on health for children but there’s not always enough talk circulating about health for senior citizens. This topic is just as important as health for children. Ideally we want to focus on health in all periods of our lives but the most vulnerable for becoming malnourished are children and senior citizens. …
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Children’s Health Guide

If you feel challenged by thinking about a healthier diet for your child, you are not alone. This is a point of stress for so many parents but let’s take this step-by-step! You can start with one step in the right direction and if that’s all that works for your family then you are not …
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Healthy Eating on the Go

Healthy Eating on the Go One of the main complaints we hear about on the go eating is that it’s not healthy; that may be true, but there are healthy options out there! If you’re out and about without any premade snacks, there are some good options besides just a salad. These are some easy …
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Getting the Most Out of your Produce in the Spring

Spring is in the air, and you know what that means, fresh fruits and vegetables! If you’re on a budget, now is the time to buy seasonal produce. You may notice that these produce items are cheaper in the spring time: Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches & plums; tomatoes, corn, lettuces, squash, carrots & more! Here …
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Buying “Healthy” on a SNAP Budget

In 2017, The USDA reported that SNAP user’s top two purchases across the board were milk and soft drinks. The report also included that $0.40 of every SNAP dollar went to fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, and eggs. Another $0.40 went to packaged meals, cereal, milk, rice, and beans. The remaining $0.20 goes to soft drinks, …
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Malnutrition Week

We’re partnering with UTMB this week and celebrating malnutrition week. What exactly is malnutrition? According to the World Health Organization “Malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients.” It can be undernutrition or overnutrition. When someone thinks of malnutrition, they usually think of emaciated children, but what we’re …
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National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and we are celebrating! We are so glad you’re here! National Nutrition Month is a month set aside to revisit and remember why choosing healthier foods and creating an active lifestyle is so important for us. We live in a country where we are able to purchase healthy and fresh …
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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Sugar

It’s Valentines Day! A day packed full of candy and baked goods, and a desire to eat it to your hearts content! I mean, why not? It’s marketed as something that will make us feel wonderful and is good for us, but is it? Let’s dive a little deeper and see what are the goods …
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Nutrition on a Budget

Good nutrition is a vital part of having a healthy and happy life. Good nutrition enables you to have a healthy body, which in turn enables you to: make it to work everyday, play with your children more, exercise, and sleep better. Good nutrition starts with a solid foundation in your diet. It’s hard to …
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We’re lucky to call Galveston County Home

What really sets our county apart is its people: generous, kind, and always willing to help their neighbors. It’s the reason we love living here. Unfortunately many of our neighbors here in Galveston struggle to find adequate food for themselves and their families. At the Galveston County Food Bank, our mission is to provide essential …
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