Fourteen seniors at Greensboro Housing Authority’s (GHA) Hall Towers are participating in the nationwide nutrition program, Cooking Matters, brought to GHA through a partnership with the local organization, One Step Further and Second Harvest Food Bank. This six-week-long program meets at Hall Towers weekly for a two-hour class emphasizing the importance of healthy eating on a limited budget. The first hour features instruction about nutrition topics such as reading and understanding ingredient and nutrition labels, buying fruits and vegetables in season, and meal-planning. Supplemental topics such as saving money at the grocery store or living with a chronic illness such as diabetes are also covered.
A Cooking Matters instructor discusses food portioning
For the second hour of class, participants collectively prepare featured recipes then share the meal, enjoying the fruits of their labor together. Instructors provide a cookbook featuring easy to follow and nutritious recipes so the demonstration recipes can be replicated at home.
After each session, participants receive a bag of groceries, and upon graduation, also earn a crock pot as a gift. This piece of kitchen equipment will provide a way to make great tasting and healthy food at home with minimal hands-on cooking time.
Participants have the opportunity to prep and cook meals together
GHA strives to bring programs to seniors that emphasize nutrition and education. In addition to the Cooking Matters program, Hall Towers also has a community garden that provides fresh produce and opportunities to be socially and physically active.