STARTING FROM SCRATCH: Funding boost for Agape Centre helps families eat healthier

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - A Cornwall food bank will be honing the culinary skills of impoverished families, as they roll out a new program following a boost in funding.

Agape Centre executive director Alyssa Blais.

The Agape Centre in Cornwall has been approved for a $6,540 Feeding Families Fund grant from McCain Foods Canada, Nestle Canada, and Food Banks Canada.

The funds will help Agape develop a new interactive program, similar to a cooking club, that engages families and children to create healthy meals from scratch at a low cost.

Each session will be free of charge and offer participants foods to take home, as well as provide an easy to use tool-kit for future use.

Alyssa Blais, executive director at the Agape, says the program is scheduled to start before the summer.

"We see so many families come through our doors and are now able to offer them a series of workshops that will increase their knowledge of healthy nutrition supports our mission," said Blais.

Agape will be consulting local dieticians to secure a healthy list of meals that can be prepared by the program's facilitator and participants in their soup kitchen.

Making meals as a group will teach participants to be more comfortable in the kitchen, and to seek out healthier alternatives to put on their plate. When each session is over, there will be plenty of food to take home.

The centre has been providing food, clothing and, furniture to more than 1,000 people each month for the better part of the decade. Over the years, Agape has experienced an increased demand for services and wants to make certain that no one goes hungry in the community.

“Thanks to grants such as this one from Food Banks Canada, we will be able to offer more support to our local families in need,” said Blais.

Organizations: Agape Centre

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