Nutritious cooking demos at the Healthy Pantry Center

August 16, 2019

The Healthy Pantry Center at our Newark headquarters has been bustling with activity since hours expanded last month. Families who visit the pantry leave with a grocery cart full of food including frozen meats, produce and dairy products.

Those who visited the pantry last Friday were treated to a special cooking demonstration with Madison Hines, our Community Nutrition and Health Coordinator.

Using a variety of common ingredients found in the pantry, Madison prepared an easy seafood salad. In addition to showing visitors how to prepare the recipe, she shared some valuable nutrition information. For example, salmon is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3s can improve eye health and improve risk factors for heart disease!

With several kids in the audience, everyone was excited to try one of Madison’s samples.

The easy-to-make seafood salad was spooned out onto hallowed out cucumber ovals and tomato pieces – both have been plentiful in the pantry thanks to the bounty of the Food Bank farm and generous backyard gardeners!

The seafood salad was well-received and some visitors even came up for seconds as they awaited their turn to shop in the pantry!

Want to make this easy recipe at home?

Seafood Salad

Makes: 1 serving


  • 1 mini can (3 oz.) tuna
  • 1 pouch (2.6 oz) salmon
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into ovals
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Drain and empty tuna can into medium-sized bowl
  2. Open and mix in salmon pouch and mix with tuna
  3. Add mayo, and salt and pepper to taste
  4. Spoon seafood mixture onto cucumber ovals and enjoy!

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