Fit at Five: Cooking Matters

1:39 PM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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Eating healthy on a budget is a concept that overwhelms many. The Cooking Matters program is teaching people that eating healthy on a budget is possible.

This statewide program started back in 2010 and was designed to educate families on how to extend their food dollar and cook healthy meals. Courtney Kennedy of Good Shepard Food Bank tells us thanks to the help of SNAP-Ed funding this program has gone from just 8 classes in 2010 to now 150 classes being offered. Nutritionists team up with local chefs to teach participants that cooking healthy is not only easy, but tastes good too. The program holds classes through the year for teens, adults, families, child care professionals, and kids.

With 1 in 5 Mainers receiving SNAP benefits and 1 in 4 struggling with food insecurity this class is making a difference. Thanks to 3.5 million dollars in SNAP-Ed funding, Maine is able to hold a program like this. Their target audience is about 250,000 Mainers. This program is free to participants and there is even a free Cooking Matters app that you can use at home.

For more information about your local SNAP-Ed programming, contact Joan Ingram at jingram@une.edu or 221-4551. You can also contact Courtney Kennedy at Good Shephard Food Bank ckennedy@gsfb.org and 207-577-4847.

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