Foodbank Offers Free Nutrition Education for All! Cruciferous Veggies and Their Amazing Health Benefits

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 11:30

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will present “The Power of Cruciferous Vegetables,” a free, interactive online presentation about the bio-nutritive value of cabbage, cauliflower, greens and other vegetables called crucifers, on Wednesday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m. The community is invited to participate with 40 minutes of learning and 20 minutes for participant questions.

Interested community members may RSVP to [email protected] to receive log-in information to attend the event.

“The Foodbank is constantly adapting and creating new ways to build food literacy for everyone in Santa Barbara County, from programs for children and seniors we serve to the community at large,” explained Jacqueline Valencia, Foodbank assistant director of community programs and education. “During Covid-19, we’re offering new ways for the community to learn to eat for their best health. This interactive online presentation is one we’re happy to offer at a time when everyone needs to be their healthiest.”

The talk will explore what a cruciferous vegetable is is and the magical compound all crucifers produce that has been shown to reduce cancer risk, support detoxification and DNA repair, reduce inflammation and help prevent chronic diseases. Tips and tricks will be included on how to increase one’s crucifer intake and maximize the benefits coming from this diverse group of plants.

Taylor Brower, presenter, is a registered dietetic technician and dietetic intern for the Foodbank. She holds degrees in both biochemistry and nutrition and has a passion for nutrition education and sharing the power food has in people’s overall health and wellness.

The next installment of Food as Medicine will be held in November. A team of local doctors and nutrition experts will explore plant-based protein and how to integrate more of it into your diet. Details will be forthcoming.

Community members may sign up to receive information by email Information about future Food as Medicine events will be available on Facebook (@FoodbankSB), Instagram (@foodbanksbc), Twitter (@foodbanksbc) and LinkedIn.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming hunger into health by eliminating food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through a network of more than 300 nonprofit community partners and more than 2,000 volunteers annually. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank, which equates to more than 191,000 unduplicated people, 41% of whom are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 12.5 million pounds of food – nearly half of which was fresh produce. The Foodbank is assuming a major leadership role in countywide disaster preparedness with initiatives including a host of Covid-19 response programs, disaster food boxes, disaster feeding plan, establishing a new south county warehouse and updating our trucks for safer food storage and transport. For more information, visit

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