For households in high-need, low-access areas (or food deserts), the challenges to providing healthy meals are multi-faceted. For those living in poverty, without transportation and/or access to grocery stores, the options for access to food may be limited to corner stores and mini-marts featuring high-priced, less-healthy food options. These same household may face additional barriers, such as not having a working oven, stove or appropriate tools for cooking or lacking knowledge about how to shop for and prepare healthy meals from scratch.
Trained volunteers and HFPCC partners provide nutrition education classes and supermarket tours to help people choose and prepare healthier meals. By increasing awareness of making healthy choices and shopping with a meal plan in mind, low-income families can maximize household budgets and benefits while enabling families to make more nutritious meals at home.
Trained volunteers provide on-site cooking demonstrations at local food banks featuring fresh items in stock at the pantry, providing clients with recipes and ingredients needed to take home and prepare. CLICK HERE to see the "Colorful Cooking Made Easy" Food Demonstrator volunteer description!
For low-income families, it can be a challenge to provide a hot, nutritious meal at the end of a long day. Some parents are working more than one job to make ends meet, leaving little time for cooking meals at home. Additionally, some households have limited means to prepare meals, because the stove or oven isn't working or because they lack basic pots, pans and utensils. The Crock Pot projects helps to bridge this gap for families in need by providing slow cookers and soup kits so these families can make hot, nutritious, home-cooked meals that can be ready when the family gets home (or consumed by children while a parent is still at work).