COMMUNITY Nutrition Education 

DINE in the community provides a variety of services to meet the specific needs of the various Durham communities. 

Nutrition Education and Culinary Workshops

DINE provides hands-on nutrition and culinary workshops throughout the community in order to reach adults and change community norms. On average, DINE community workshops reach over 1,000 Durham residents per year. Workshops are available for any age group and are tailored to meet the specific needs of each agency's clients. Sites frequently visited include homeless shelters, food pantries, Head Start centers, Durham Housing Authority sites, faith-based organizations and community centers. Popular workshop topics include:

  • Healthy eating on a budget
  • Balancing your meals
  • Kid-friendly meals
  • Heart health
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating healthy on the run
  • Label reading
  • Food safety
  • Rethink your Drink
health fairs and tabling

DINE in the Community is involved in numerous health fairs and tabling events each year. Knowledgeable nutritionists answer your clients' nutrition questions while providing handouts, recipes, educational extenders (ex. pencils and magnets) and tastes tests. In addition, DINE sets up information tables in waiting rooms and various agencies to help reach clients.

taste-tests & cooking demos

DINE provides hands-on, interactive cooking demonstrations and free taste test to show people that healthy eating can be easy, inexpensive and taste great! Demos are conducted throughout the community in places such as group meetings, special events, exercise classes, fairs, food pantries, soup kitchens, grocery stores, and waiting rooms. Populate taste tests include: turkey wraps, skillet lasagna, stir fry, banana pudding, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, chocolate muffins, trail mix, and infused waters. 

grocery store tours

Every day, many people stand in grocery stores wondering which foods are the healthiest. DINE nutritionists guide participants through neighborhood stores and teach people how to shop for healthy foods that don't break the budget.

bulletin boards, posters, handouts, bus ads, & recipes

DINE provides professional quality posters and bulletin boards to display at various events or in agencies. In addition, DINE provides handouts and recipes for distribution as well as healthy-related messages on DATA buses. 

All services are FREE of charge to qualifying agencies and groups in Durham County.

Interested in more information or receiving any of these services, contact:

Cara Jenkins, MPH, RD, LDN 
Community Nutrition Specialist
(919) 560-7855


Beth Herring, MPH, RD, LDN
Community Nutrition Specialist
(919) 560-7543