Food Nutrition and Basics Skills (FNBS) is part of the Basic Needs Initiative on campus. Many students come into the university environment new to nutrition, food preparation, grocery shopping, and budgeting. Learning these skills can help increase students' food security and teach sustainable eating habits.
Join us and our partners in learning how to cook, eat balanced meals, stretch your grocery budget , while developing your relationship with the environment. We offer our multi week series UCSB Cooks for beginners looking to build foundational skills in the kitchen. We also offer standalone workshops with campus and community partners, as well as weekly organic fruit distribution.
While COVID-19 has affected in-person workshops, we invite you to cook along with us digitally, from the convenience of your own home. All events are free and open to students, staff, and faculty.
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Are you interested in cheffing it up? This free (six-week) hands-on cooking series teaches beginners the tools to be successful and safe in the kitchen! Meet new friends, enjoy healthy meals, and learn to cook nutritiously on a budget.
Why the Fruit?
Because Health & Wellness wants you to have access to fiber, vitamins & minerals! Why The Fruit? (WTF) Program allows Health & Wellness to provide fresh, local and organic fruit to partners campus-wide. Due to COVID-19 and campus restrictions, organic fruit can be picked up at the AS Food Bank. Please visit their website to see their current hours of operation.
Home Cooking Peers
Do you need help figuring out how to prepare simple meals within your budget? Do you feel like you need more support in the kitchen? Not sure what to make for dinner or how to best shop to meet your budget? To make your transition to campus smoother, the Department of Health & Wellness would like to offer you access to our very own Home Cooking Peers.
Our coaches are trained in various areas such as cooking simple, healthy, affordable recipes, budgeting, meal planning, and kitchen safety. So no matter what resource you need, you will have access to us via our flexible appointment system! Join us for a one-on-one appointment, or feel free to invite your housemates to learn along with you.
The Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program (FNBS) is a coalition effort between students, staff, faculty, and community members to empower our students with the skills to become more food secure, we aim to support student success in the kitchen and provide skills they can utilize long after graduation. All recipes are designed to be affordable, flexible ingredients, and can easily incorporate different dietary preferences.
See our Partners!
The Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program (FNBS) is housed in the Department of Health and Wellness is the culinary education arm of the Basic Needs Initiative. FNBS is a coalition effort between students, staff, faculty, and community members to empower our students with the skills to become more food secure. FNBS collaborates with a variety of partners to put on our culinary workshops.