WENY News - Local Food Pantry Offers Free Cooking Classes

Local Food Pantry Offers Free Cooking Classes

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Addison, NY (WENY) - In today's busy society, some families struggle to put healthy food on the table. However, it may not be the case for too long with the help of Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York and Addison Community Food Pantry.  

The non-profit organizations will be holding a six week course held at the Addison Community Food Pantry every Monday throughout April. The first workshop will start on April 2nd and end on May 7th. They will be held each Monday night from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. free of charge. 

"We are going to be doing a series of classes called, 'Cooking Matters For Families,' Basically, it is going to be parent child teams, kids ages 8 and up will be working with their parent. We will be doing hands on healthy meals and using the 'My Plate', as our guide," said, Jon Sterlace, Nutrition Educator with Cooperative Extension. Sterlace also added, "We will also be learning some nutrition lessons each week on how to get more fruits and vegetables in our diet. Also, how to decrease sugar, sweets and beverages and learn more about whole grains and low fat." 

Along with the free workshop, families will also be provided with a free cookbook, cooking tools, a certificate and free groceries each week. The workshop will focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins along with learning delicious easy recipes. 

"We will be doing casseroles, soups, breakfast things, some salad items. For week one, I am thinking of doing a jambalaya which uses some ground chicken and brown rice," said Sterlace. 

If you're interested, you can sign up here or call 607-664-2300 before March 31st. 

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