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Nutrition Basics

Tarney Sheldon, Project Manager


Tel: 707-467-3200 ext. 280

The Nutrition Basics Project coordinates and collaborates with USDA-funded nutrition activities in Mendocino County. Past and present projects include:

  1. CalFresh Outreach activities at farmers markets, grocery stores, and in faith-based communities.
  2. Leaders for a Healthy Community is a group of health-minded service professionals, working together to make a difference in the health of Mendocino County. The goal of this one-year project is to ensure that organizations around the county are energized by grassroots staff leadership, and that they plan for long-term positive health outcomes for their clients and students by adopting new healthy policies and practices. Participating organizations are those that serve and care about providing access to health and wellness for all, regardless of income.
  3. Nutrition education classes and train-the-trainer events focused on MyPlate basics, healthy eating on a budget, and building cooking skills. Classes are held in family resource centers, after school care centers, State preschools, and transitional housing facilities for participants aged from 3 yrs. through adult.
  4. Policy, systems, and environmental change efforts focused on community and youth engagement in the change process. In collaboration with the Mendocino County Healthy and Human Services Agency, Planning and Prevention Unit, Nutrition Basics has led a local CX3 (Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention) community assessment and advocacy project. In addition, the Nutrition Basics Project had collaborated with a county-wide "Rethink Your Drink" consortium dedicated to reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  5. County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP): participation in goal-setting process, action updates, and quarterly informational meetings.
  6. Membership on the Mendocino County Food Policy Council and steering committee.
  7. Hosting dietetic interns and providing them with hands-on community nutrition management experience.

Funds we bring into the county: $225,000 in 2-year SNAP-Ed grants (subcontracted to NCO Community Action from Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency).

Number served: 2,700 low-income Mendocino County residents per year.

For more information: Contact Tarney Sheldon, Nutrition Basics's project manager, at 707-462-1950 or

Program(s) Involved: Community Wellness Projects The Gardens Project Food PREP