Families learn easy nutrition tips at 'cooking matters' program

Families learn easy nutrition tips at 'cooking matters' program

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Putting together nutritious meals on a budget can be a challenge for some families.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas was on hand at Bill's Fresh Market Monday morning to make that task a little easier.

The food bank hosted their first cooking matters event, aimed at helping families put together nutritious meals.

There were several stations set up around the store where participants received helpful tips on how to put together a healthy meal on a low budget.

"Eating healthier doesn't really have to break the bank," said Erin King, program coordinator of the Food Bank of NEA. "They'll learn about produce, grains, protein and dairy and they'll get some recipes that they can use to make their family favorites but make them a little bit healthier and a lot cheaper."

Monday's event was a first for the Food Bank of NEA and was made possible with the help of a grant.

"We will be doing it in each of the 12 counties in our service area throughout the coming months," King said. "We serve about 5,000 individuals every week through our various programs and agencies but there's still several thousand meals missing from Arkansans' tables every week. Through providing nutrition education like this, we're able to help put some of those meals back on the table."

King said giving the tools to families empowers them to help put healthy meals on the table themselves.

If you are interested in participating or volunteering in the next event, King can be contacted at 870-932-3663.

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