Nutrition Education

Thanks to generous community partners and funding from Great Rivers United Way, WAFER is able to offer nutrition education classes.  Though income guidelines are not posted for registration, the population these sessions are intended for are people who meet “low-income” guidelines or struggle to afford basic necessities.  Classes focus on increasing daily intake of produce, and educators offer helpful cooking tips, recipes, and samples as available.

Due to COVID guidelines, classes have been offered in a virtual format.  You can view a segment from one class here.  Beginning October 2021, a trial of a combination of in-person and virtual sessions will be offered.

For each session and session evaluation completed, one participant from each household will receive a gift (to be determined based on class topic).  For more information call 608-782-6003, x4 or email  You can register via phone, email, or in person when picking up a food package.

For information on program history, the original proposal, and implementation based on need please scroll down.


Upcoming Educational Opportunities


Nutrition Education and Tools Project History

The COMPASS NOW 2012 and 2015 report, compiled by The Great Rivers United Way, identifies current and emerging needs and/or issues in our region.  The report sites obesity, food insecurity, increased child poverty rate, increased Food Share usage, and transportation among the relevant issues.  These findings indicate the wide range of needs present among those living in poverty and those struggling to secure even basic necessities.

WAFER, together with our collaborating partners, will work towards addressing food insecurity, obesity, and nutrition through the “Nutrition Education & Tools Project”.  The project will provide education programming and the tools needed for successful home implementation, specifically targeting the low-income population.  For more information on this programming, please feel free to read through current program information (such as collaborators, funding, evaluation, and completed program summaries), the original grant proposal, the proposed budget, and remodel blueprints.

During the summer of 2014 research was conducted which concluded that lower income people who need our services lack not only the skills, but basic kitchen necessities to prepare and eat healthier meals. The documents are also available in the links below.

Original NET Project Proposal

NET Project Budget

Blueprints For Education Center

Report on Ownership of Kitchen Tools

Brochure, kitchen basics and safety

Please email WAFER Executive Director Erin Waldhart for more information and how to donate to this initiative.