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Local program offering free cooking classes, programs to families

Updated: Jan 29


CRAIGHEAD COUNTY- Ark, The Craighead County Expanded Food and Nutritional Program at the UA Cooperative Extension Services are offering free cooking classes through their "Eat Smart, Being Active" adult cooking classes.


The classes are free to low-income families with children under the age of 19.


Each class covers a lesson related to healthy eating and nutrition and food safety education.


The program teaches families in Craighead County nine lessons related to healthy eating, and nutrition and food safety education.


Including how to prepare food and how to purchase healthy foods while on a budget.


Kim Huffman EFNEP program assistant says many times families receive ingredients and meals from food pantries but don't know how to use them in their meals.


"Maybe you don't know how to cook rice, or you don't know how to cook those dried beans. We find that a lot of the time, those are the foods that go unused. Because families don't know how to cook them or how to make them into recipes, let us help you do that. We have recipes to show you how to make a meal for your family, says Huffman."


Huffman says they see a greater need for help due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Participants also receive supplies related to each lesson.


Classes can take place virtually, over the phone, or in small socially distant groups.

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