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Food Stamp Program Sends Recipients "Out to Lunch"

Posted June 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A group of Nash County food stamp recipients are learning how to put your tax dollars to good use, and they're doing it in the kitchen. It's part of a cooperative extension service program where people who get stamps learn how to put them to better use. Thanks to the "Out to Lunch" program, many people are cooking up healthier meals while learning healthier money management skills.

It's a lesson in nutrition, and the classroom is the kitchen. Sandra Batchelor is a willing student. Sandra says with three children and a husband that comes home for lunch everyday, she needs a nutritional, less time consuming meal to prepare.

More nutrition and better spending is exactly what the "Out to Lunch" program is teaching food stamp recipients. Sharon Harrison has learned to avoid the frozen food section at the grocery story. Sharon used to shop for convenience. She'd buy frozen food and frozen vegetables all the time. Now she knows how to use fresh vegetables to make good recipes her family will eat.

Parents aren't the only ones learning. Their children are coloring, collecting and cutting out valuable information about the food groups to create an all-around learning environment.

Like all good classrooms, there is some homework involved. The participants get to take the recipes and food from the session home to cook for their families.

Thanks to "Out to Lunch," stamp recipients will no longer just pick up stamps and vouchers, but get the most for their money.

Sandra Harrison is glad she'll now have something to do with the five cases of eggs and cheese in her refrigerator. She can now take the cheese and egge and use them to make something other than scrambled eggs and cheese.

When all the participants are done, they will have cooked up a better budget, a healthier diet and put your tax dollars to better use.