About Food Hero

About Foodhero.org

Thanks for visiting Food Hero.  We think you'll love spending time with us.

We've been hard at work the past year on this all new version of Food Hero.  We are taking everything we've learned from users and research the past 3 years and making Food Hero better than ever.

With Food Hero, you will be able to budget for, plan, and create countless healthy, super tasty meals.  Food Hero will become your family's 'go to' site for everything food.  Within Food Hero lives healthy and tasty recipes, meal ideas, budgeting, shopping, and many more cooking tips and tools, plus ways to connect with other Food Heroes. 

FoodHero.org is divided into two main sections: Recipes and Tips & Tools.  You can also read Food Hero Monthly and participate in the related monthly poll or connect with other Food Heroes by commenting on recipes or following on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest.

The new Food Hero is more user friendly, info packed, and stylish than before. It's clear and simple to use.  And of course, as always, Food Hero is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish.  Plus you may find Food Hero in communities around Oregon - keep an eye out for the Food Hero logo!  You can find out more about our frequently asked  questions below, just click the link:

If you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions please let us know!  You can contact our Food Hero team leaders Elaine Schrumpf and Lauren Tobey anytime directly at food.hero@oregonstate.edu.  If they can't help they will find someone who can.

Thanks again for visiting Food Hero.  Come back often!

-The Team



How can I become a Food Hero?
You can become a Food Hero by registering on the website. Simply click "Register" on the far right hand side of any page of the website and follow the prompts. 

What do I get if I register for Food Hero?
When you register, you can do the following:

  • save your favorite recipes
  • post comments about recipes
  • send recipes to your mobile phone via a text (your phone carrier's standard message and data rates may apply)
  • sign up to receive updates via email
  • suggest tips

We do not share any of your information with anyone else.

  • We ask for your email address only to send you  information you request.  You can opt out at anytime. 
  • We ask for your phone number only if you choose to text something to yourself. 
  • We ask if you receive SNAP benefits because part of our funding is from this program.  It helps to be able to show that SNAP participants are using the website.  Information on SNAP participants will only be shared as grouped data (aggregate) without any identifiable names attached. 


Where do Food Hero recipes come from?
Recipes that make it to Food Hero have had a long journey getting there.  Almost all of the recipes have been used by our nutrition educators in the field and then submitted to the Food Hero team to be considered for the website.  Recipes used in the field should have the criteria explained below, but the Food Hero team goes through a process to assure that is the case. 

Once submitted to the Food Hero team the recipes go through testing.  In addition to being tested for overall flavor, color, and texture we look for recipes that have low-cost and easy to find ingredients, easy to follow instructions, and a reasonable preparation time.  Each recipe is tasted and rated by several people.  After being tested a recipe either passes through this step as it was submitted, is revised and then retested, or once in a while is deemed unusable for Food Hero.

Once a recipe makes it through testing we use a computer program to create a nutrition facts label and check that the recipe in its final form meets our nutrition program criteria.  Serving sizes for nutrition analysis are based on FDA serving sizes.

We select recipes which meet these nutritional criteria:


  1. Contains either less than 35% of calories from fat or 3 grams or less of fat per serving.  We do allow up to 1/4 ounce of nuts and seeds per serving above the 35% so you will see some nutrition facts panels that indicate more than 35% of calories from fat.
  2. Contains less than 600 mg of sodium per serving.
  3. Follows one additional guideline from the following:
  • Good source of vitamin A (10% or more Daily Value).
  • Good source of vitamin C (10% or more Daily Value).
  • Good source of calcium (10% or more Daily Value).
  • Good source of iron (10% or more Daily Value).
  • Good source of fiber (10% or more Daily Value).
  1. Follows one additional guideline from the list above or those listed below:
  •  Has no added sugar (must check ingredients to ensure).
  • Contains 5% or less Daily Value sodium per serving.
  • Contains 5% or less Daily Value saturated fat per serving.
  • Contains at least half of grain ingredients as whole grains.


How can I find or sort recipes?
One of the features in the top right-hand corner of the recipe section is the ability to sort or group recipes to make it easier to find what you are looking for.  The bullets below are the different categories that can be sorted.  The Tips & Tools section of Food Hero can also be sorted.

  • A-Z List: all recipes alphabetized by recipe name
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Featured Cultures
  • Quick-to-Fix: dishes in 30 minutes or less
  • Special Diets: Vegetarian - no meat or meat broth; Low Fat (5% or less of Recommended Dietary Allowance - 3.25 grams or less per serving); Low Sodium (5% or less of Recommended Dietary Allowance - 75mg or less per serving)
  • Recipe Types: Soup, Salad, Main dish, Side dish, Breads, Snacks, Drinks, Sauces and Salsas, Dessert
  • Meal Times: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
  • Main Ingredients
  • Picture Recipes: Ingredients and preparation steps are illustrated with photos or drawings
  • Food Groups: Grains - 1 ounce or more per serving, Vegetables - 1/2 cup or more per serving, Fruits - 1/2 cup or more per serving, Protein - 1 ounce or more per serving, Dairy - 10% or more of calcium RDA per serving

What is our mission?
Food Hero’s mission is to help low-income Oregonians improve their health through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and more family meals cooked at home.

How are we are funded?

Food Hero is an initiative of Oregon Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), which was developed by Oregon State University Extension Service and funded jointly by OSU Extension Service, Oregon Department of Human Services, and the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP provides nutrition assistance to people with low income.  SNAP can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet.  To find out more, contact Oregon Safe Net at 1-800-723-3638.  USDA is equal opportunity provider and employer.

©2014 Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Last updated: 10/06/14

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