This food bank has been in operation since 1981 and follows five philosophies for feeding its community:
“Everyone deserves access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life; People seeking food assistance should be treated fairly and with dignity; Education empowers individuals to improve their lives; Collaboration builds stronger communities; Stewardship, financial transparency and donor intents should be honored.”
Food Finders’ education program was put on pause for most of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the program is making a return with the announcement of this new series.
According to a release from the food bank, “Cooking Matters is a free, six-week cooking series, offered in communities across the country to help parents and caregivers of children between the ages of 0-5 develop their skills when shopping for and cooking healthy foods on a budget.”
The release states that, according to a 2015 national study by the Altarum Institute, of over 1,600 Cooking Matters participants showed they:
- Had more confidence in cooking abilities
- Saw fewer barriers to making healthy, affordable meals
- Were able to prepare healthier, more budget-friendly meals
Throughout each class, Cooking Matters participants will learn about cooking, meal prep, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition, the release states.
Classes will take place on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. beginning March 10 to April 14.
“Each class participant will take home free groceries and recipes matching each lesson,” Food Finders’ announcement said. “They will practice hands-on cooking with healthy, low-cost, and delicious recipes.”
The release notes that class sizes are limited and eligible participants must be a parents or caregiver to a child between the ages of 0-5.
“Interested applicants should apply by March 4 by calling 765.471.0062 x1218 or emailing [email protected],” the release states.
Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.