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NEA Food Bank teaching people how to stretch a dollar

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Customers at WalMart on Highland Drive in Jonesboro were doing more than shopping on Tuesday, they were learning how to get the most bang for their buck.

Representatives with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas teamed up with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and WalMart for a "grocery tour."

Stations were set up throughout the store focusing on major food groups. At those stations, a representative went over the most nutritional and affordable items that should make their way into your shopping cart.

Shoppers participating in the tour said what they learned was important.  "I learned a lot of things.  I learned how to stretch my food out.  I learned how to eat less sugary things and how to get used to them," said Crystal Hembrey, Jonesboro.

Keona Harris said learning how to stretch a dollar further was a great lesson to learn. "It's great in my case with a newborn so it's great. You learn something new everyday and I definitely did today."

More than 200 people attended the event. Executive Director for the Food Bank, Christie Jordan, says they hope to expand this program into other areas of Region 8.

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