Registrations are also being accepted for Cooking Matters, a program of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The class teaches participants how to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget. According to Cooking Matters, ‘these skills will last a lifetime and more as they share them with relatives and friends. When families practice what they have learned during the six-week course, such as how to plan, purchase, and prepare healthy, tasty, and affordable foods at home, they are winning the fight against childhood hunger and protecting themselves from the destructive consequences of poor nutrition.’ Classes begin March 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Extension Office.
The class is very hands-on as participants assist the instructor in the preparation of a meal, sample the meal, and receive a bag of ingredients to prepare the meal at home. Participants will also learn about nutrition. Class size is limited to 12 participants and is on a first come, first serve basis. However, a total of 3 classes are planned for this year, and those who do not register in time for the first class will be put on a waiting list for one of the upcoming classes. Incentives for graduates include an apron, measuring cups, cutting board, cookbook, food thermometer, and more. Extension Agent, Debbie DeRossitte is the instructor for the class.