From February through April, students and their families in the Maine Migrant Education Program are learning about healthy eating on a budget and trying out new recipes thanks to a class hosted by Healthy Acadia, Maine SNAP-Ed and Cooking Matters. Comprised of six unique lessons, the course is designed to encourage families to cook together and develop healthy eating habits. Meeting in the evening at the Mano en Mano office in Milbridge, participants not only learn about new recipes but actually make them together on site.
Students and their parents chop, mix, and bake while learning new cooking techniques and spending quality time together. While waiting for their meal cook, children play games and try new healthy snacks while parents engage in conversations about the importance of healthy eating at home. Perhaps the best part of the night is when the food is ready to eat, and everyone enjoys a meal together as neighbors. Before heading home, each family takes home a bag of groceries complete with ingredients and instructions on how to make the new recipe at home. Students leave class excited to share what they learned.
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Cooking Matters helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget, as part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
Healthy Acadia’s mission is to empower people and organizations to build healthy communities.
Maine SNAP-Ed helps you Shop, Cook, and Eat healthy on a budget.
Check out photos from the classes on flickr!