Nutrition Offerings

Meal Planning, Budgeting and Cooking Classes

Cooking Matters has been offered at COHC for the past several years.
Cooking Matters for Adults
Teaches low-income adults (primarily adults with children) how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget. The program is often paired with Cooking Matters EXTRA for Diabetes, an addendum focused specifically on adults with diabetes.

Delivered Meals Since 2003 COHC has offered a Food Share Mobile Site to all in need of healthy food options. In addition COHC has collaborated with Food share for annual Turkey distributions when 300 families are supplied with a turkey and all the fixings. Food such as fresh produce, whole wheat bread and other healthy choices are provided to approximately 400 + people monthly. This site operation takes place at the 225 Washington St. parking lot of the Salvation Army. A collaborative operation between Charter Oak Health Center, Foodshare Inc. and the Salvation Army.

Charter Oak Community Health Center Mobile Food Share Site

(Jan. –Nov. 2017) distributed 73074 Meals with an average attendance of 284 individuals at this site

2018 Schedule

Every other Monday from 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Location: 225 Washington Street Hartford, CT (Salvation Army Parking lot)
ALL in need of Food are Welcome

Note: If weather conditions require cancellation of Hartford schools this site will NOT operate

Hartford Mobile Market sponsored by the Hartford Food Policy

Hartford Mobile Market

Hartford Mobile Market arrives at Charter Oak Health Center once a week. COHC patients are provided vouchers to encourage use of this service and the opportunity to consume more fruits & vegetables.

Grocery Tours

In conjunction with Cooking Matters classes attendees have the opportunity to partake in a grocery tour to learn how to shop more effectively on a budget. Local grocery stores commonly frequented by clients are used.

Dietary Interns from University of Connecticut & University of Saint College are utilized for Nutrition Education

Dietary Interns are used to instruct group sessions.

Nutrition Education is offered once a week for those wishing to learn how to modify diet practice to improve and manage medical comorbidities such as diabetes, obesities, hypertension or hyperlipidemia. Patients find meeting in a group allows them the support and encouragement from others. Meanwhile others require individual meetings with the Registered Dietitian.

Diabetes Support / Education Drop In Group

Each week patients are welcome to meet with a Certified Diabetes Educator to learn how to better management ones blood sugar.

  • Topic may include:
  • Healthy Eating
  • Being Active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking Medication
  • Problem Solving
  • Healthy Coping
  • Reducing Risks

2018 Nutrition Department Services

Consultation with Certified Diabetes Educator
Consultation with Registered Dietitian

Learn how diet can assist with various health issues such as:

  • Pre-diabetes; Type II Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Weight Management
  • Meal Planning

Hartford Mobile Market

Food share Mobile Site

Cooking Matters Series

Grocery Tours

Weight Management Series – This class is for those who have been struggling with weight loss…learn how to set reachable goals for weight loss and many health benefits of proper nutrition.

Monthly Nutrition Class – Teaching the art of eating Smart & how the body benefits

Diabetes Support/Education Drop-in Group
Resources for Immediate Food Relief