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Cooking class improves variety, diet for needy

Posted July 15, 2014 7:21 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2014 6:56 p.m. EDT

— At a cooking class at the Fayetteville Urban Ministries, Veola McRae learned to stretch healthy but expensive ingredients to make better meals for her family while sticking to a budget.

"I already feel like I know how to cook, but this helps me enhance what I'm already doing, for healthwise to eat better," she said.

McRae participates in a six-week course supported by Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Second Harvest Food Bank, learning to prepare simple, frugal, healthy meals with food was donated from the local food bank.

The food banks are pushing their clients to better understand the health benefits and uses of fresh produce, which can be costly for those on a limited budget.

"If they're getting a extra amount of produce from a pantry or Second Harvest, then they'll know, 'OK, I can use some of it for these recipes I have," said Jill Brown of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. 

Brown said preparation and safe storage techniques are just part of the class. 

"They'll learn how to shop better at the grocery store as part of this course," she said. "We do a grocery store tour and actually show them how to shop on a budget." 

McRae and her cooking classmates enjoyed their lessons, and later the meals they prepared. All participants got ingredients to take home so they can practice the new recipes on their families.

WRAL and Radio One Raleigh are launching HungerFreeNC a week-long start of a community movement.

We'll have special programming all next week and the first ever, day-long MEDIAthon on TV, radio and web to raise money for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, our non-profit partner.

To succeed, we need you! Donate NOW and learn about Inter-Faith Food Shuttle programs at WRAL.com/HungerFreeNC.