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Sunday, 07 February 2016 10:46


The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse provides Cooking Matters at the Store tours for clients in its food pantry network.

Cooking Matters at the Store helps families shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget as part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The next tour will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Festival Foods Copeland Ave. store.

Says Shelly Fortner, Executive Director of the Hunger Task Force, “Families on a budget say that it is difficult to shop healthy when you are stressed with little time and even less money. This curriculum helps people choose healthier foods with their dollars and then demonstrates how easy they can be to prepare.”

Cooking Matters is a free program, working in partnership with our local Festival Foods stores. Each month in 2016, The Hunger Task Force will invite a partner food pantry or meal site to recruit clients, although anyone who is interested may sign up. Emily Schwartz, Festival dietitian, along with other tour guides will present an interactive tour through the grocery store.

The program has four main components and participants will learn how to:

1) Read food labels
2) Compare unit prices
3) Find whole grain foods
4) Identify three ways to purchase produce

The tour ends with a $10 Challenge. Participants use the skills they’ve just learned to choose and purchase a healthy meal for a family of four for under $10. Thanks to a generous donation of gift cards from Festival Foods Dietitian Team, they will take these groceries home along with a booklet with recipes and shopping tips, and a reusable grocery bag.
To find out more about Cooking Matters at the Store, or participate in a tour, visit our website at or contact us at 608-793-1002. Tour space is limited, so pre-registration is requested.

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