Snow wasn’t about to stop the volunteer team from heading to the local supermarket for Teens for Food Justice’s second annual “Cooking Matters at the Store” training last weekend! The training, specially adapted for youth and facilitated by our young adult mentor team, lays out a hands-on, comprehensive toolkit of nutrition and money-saving tips that yield the greatest nutritional bang per buck spent on food.
To test their newfound expertise, the team topped off the training with a challenge: to collect the ingredients to feed a family of four a well-balanced, healthy meal for under $10. They passed with flying colors, some coming up with creative meals for as low as $8.
The lessons gained from this training speak to the challenges faced by food insecure families, introducing a solution designed to ease some of the struggle many face to maintain good nutrition with extremely limited resources.
After our mini field trip, volunteers joined the New Beginnings middle school Green Team to spend the afternoon tending to the classroom farm. These superstar urban farmers set to work on pest control, getting our 3-tiered Deep Water Culture system up and running (to house our thriving collection of herbs like basil, mint and thyme), and harvesting some of the biggest collard greens you’ll ever see!