The Wood Buffalo Food Bank is teaching its clients how to cook nutritious, affordable meals without the stress.
The Slow Cooker Program, sponsored by Shell Albian Sands, will host weekly sessions to give low-income residents the knowledge and tools they need to prepare slow cooked meals.
Each participant will receive a new crock pot during their first class and each week a new recipe will be taught. The ingredients for each recipe will be provided at the end of the session to allow attendees to recreate the meals at home.
Arianna Johnson, Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, says that the program was born out of a desire to go above and beyond the organization’s basic mandate.
“We find ourselves wanting to do more than just provide a handout,” said Johnson. “We really want to start providing a hand up in helping local families…gain food security.”
Speaking on behalf of Shell Albian Sands on Tuesday, External Relations Manager Jeff Penney said that the corporation is proud to support the Wood Buffalo Food Bank’s continued commitment to Fort McMurray’s less fortunate.
“Fort McMurray is an important place to us” said Penney. “Entities like the Food Bank are an important piece of the community fabric, so whatever we can do to support those activities, then that’s what we’re here for.”
Initial feedback from participants who tested the program in February has been positive. According to Johnson, “fulfilling, satisfying, productive, and proud” are among the words being used on feedback forms.
The program is set to run every six weeks for the remainder of 2016 and anyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, visit the Wood Buffalo Food Bank website here.