Cooking classes offered at Holt food pantry

foodHOLT, Fla., Oct. 11, 2017–A free small-scale hands-on cooking class is being offered to low-income individuals and  families at the Holt Community Food Pantry beginning later this month.

The five-week program is presented by University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Office in partnership with the Rotary Club of Crestview and the First Baptist Church of Holt’s Feeding Outreach ministry.

Classes begin Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon and continue each Thursday through Nov. 16. They will be taught by Jill Breslawski and Pam Allen, UF-IFAS extension agents.

The primary audience is aimed at the Holt, Baker, Milton areas, according to Samma Brannon, Rotary Club president.

Although designed toward the low-income household, anyone willing to attend will be welcome, she said.

The class is intended to teach individuals how to cook healthy, low-cost family meals.

Everything needed for the classes is provided, including the ingredients to make a family meal, cooking utensils and supplies.

“Participants will be provided those same ingredients to take home each week so they can prepare that meal for their families,” said Brannon. “Participants only need to bring themselves and a willingness to learn.”

Attendees will be instructed how to choose and use low-cost food items available through the food pantry or from the grocery store to prepare nutritious, budget-friendly meals, she said.

“The use of fresh produce, rather than processed foods, will be emphasized,” said Brannon. “Tasty, healthy meals and how to stretch your food budget will stressed.”

Attendees are eligible to win kitchen/cooking-related prizes at the end of the course.

The class is free, but requires pre-registration to attend.  Either contact the UF-IFAS Extension Offices at 850-689-5850 or visit the First Baptist Church of Holt at 532 U.S. 90 West.

Stephanie Holcombe

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