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How to Eat Well on $4/Day

From Appalachian Roots
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
With this concept in mind, Appalachian Roots entered into an agreement with Floyd County Health Department on September 27, 2017, to provide cooking classes that will focus on child nutrition. The partnership has been expanded to include UK Extension Service and Grow Appalachia in implementing the project.
Six 3-part training sessions will be presented at various locations in the Big Sandy area, featuring Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap, Eat Well on $4/Day cookbook.
The first session was held at Hope in the Mountains on November 8, with second and third sessions following on November 14 and 15. A class of thirteen was welcomed with a granola mini-muffin and a Good and Cheap cookbook. Lori Gearheart, Director, Grow Appalachia program at St. Vincent’s Mission, encouraged the class to try home gardening. She also offered assistance in reviving the on-site raised garden beds.
Bonnie Hale, Public Services Health Coordinator, FCHD, explained the Good and Cheap curriculum: 
First session – basic nutrition, introduction to Good and Cheap cookbook
Second session – class participation, meal planning, grocery list and menu selection
Third session – hands-on preparation of menu selection, served family style
Christina Tincher, dietician, FCHD, introduced MyPlate, a nutrition program developed by USDA specifically for kids and parents/caregivers.
The session concluded with group discussion and evaluations by the class and teaching team, along with Rebecca Derossett, Appalachian Roots.
The following week, November 14, the team regrouped at Hope in the Mountains for the second session. As Bonnie Hale and Rebecca Derossett served a snack of homemade blueberry jam and crackers, Christina Tincher displayed a huge soft drink container, explaining that a person who drank two sodas a day for a month would consume a total of five pounds of sugar and 8000 calories. 
Bonnie Hale and Ms. Tincher divided the group into three work stations, where they prepared crispy roasted vegetables, using a recipe from the Good and Cheap cookbook. While the vegetables were in the oven, the class decided on a menu for the following day: quiche, whole wheat scones, and caramelized bananas. They wrote grocery lists for the necessary food items.
Andrea Johnson, Family and Consumer Sciences, UK Extension, talked about the importance of buying local food and discussed the services available at extension offices throughout the State.
The following day, November 15, the teaching team arrived early at Hope in the Mountains to set up before the class assembled. The group prepared their chosen menu with much chatter and laughter and enjoyed a family-style meal with the teaching team. 
One of the girls said, “I’m the kitchen supervisor next week and I’m going to use this cookbook.”
The twelve participants received $15 food vouchers.
Hope in the Mountains is a licensed AODE provider through Kentucky, located at 105 Trimble Chapel Square, Prestonsburg, phone 606-874-0240. The mission of Hope in the Mountains is helping addicted women toward recovery.
Appalachian Roots is a non-profit organization serving the Big Sandy region. Their mission is promoting agriculture as a basis for improved health, wellness and economic security via education and outreach. Contact on Facebook and Twitter.
The cooking classes will resume in January and continue through June 30, 2018.


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