Kari Hartel is a registered dietitian from Operation Food Search who provides nutrition education at HOPE Food Pantry. Kari performs cooking demonstrations to show people how to prepare healthy, affordable, delicious meals utilizing the foods that are available in the pantry each week. These fun, hands-on, informative cooking demos allow people to see how to prepare specific foods in a variety of healthful ways. Pantry-goers get to sample the recipes that are prepared and are provided with recipe cards and other educational handouts to use at home. Kari also provides helpful tips on how to select and prepare numerous ingredients found at the pantry, including less-common items that get donated. She focuses on ways to improve the health of the community as a whole while also listening to individuals’ food preferences and specific needs.