Banks – Jim’s Thriftway

Since 2012, we have worked with 350+ members in and around the Banks, Oregon community. Each week as we introduce new foods, recipes, and nutrition information, participants begin to incorporate changes into their daily lives. Participant’s enjoy the weekly classes including their involvement in the meal preparation and the sense of community the program offers.

“Our classes are changing the food culture of the individual, family, community, and grocery store.”

Beyond the benefits of community building, many of the participants have commented on personal changes including better food choices and changes in their health including weight loss, improved mood and sleep, and increased energy.

Jim’s Thriftway has been central to the success of our FAME classes in Banks, Oregon. The store’s owners, Karen and Mark Ward, want to support the community and provide a healthier environment for all. Jim’s Thriftway has been amenable to customer requests and providing healthier options including adding more varieties of kale, offering gluten-free options and stocking more “natural” products. Our classes are changing the food culture of the individual, family, community, and grocery store.

Participants Receive

  • 90 minutes of nutrition and health education with a naturopathic physician or nutritionist each week
  • The Food as Medicine Everyday, Reclaim your Health with Whole Foods book, written by Dr. Julie Briley and Dr. Courtney Jackson
  • A whole foods based meal each week
  • BONUS! Free whole grains and legumes from Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Transform your eating habits in just 11 weeks!

This class is free to Banks’ residents and people from the surrounding area.

Classes & Location

Located in the Banks Community United Methodist Church, 42451 Depot Street in Banks, Oregon.

Now reserving for Winter 2020: Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm- 7:30 p.m. January 7 – March 17, 2020

Contact Dr. Andrew Erlandsen at to register with your name, contact information, and the number of family members attending the class.