In Mercer County we provide classes to help limited income participants learn how to:
• Stretch food dollars
• Plan and prepare tasty, healthful meals
• Handle food in a safe manner
• Use SNAP benefits and other resources wisely
Participants must either be pregnant or have children under the age of 19. Adults with primary responsibility for care and feeding a child(ren) under age 19 are also eligible. Participants should be responsible for planning and preparing family meals.
All classes are free.
Contact our staff in your county to join a class!
In FY13 we provided classes to 117 adult participants reaching 367 family members.
- 31% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more food resource management practices (i.e. plans meals, compares prices, does not run out of food or uses grocery lists).
- 31% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more nutrition practices (i.e. plans meals, makes healthy food choices, prepares foods without adding salt, reads nutrition labels or has children eat breakfast).
- 26% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more of the food safety practices (i.e. thawing and storing foods properly).
We also provided classes to 14 school age youth.
- 43% Children and youth improved their abilities to choose foods according to Federal Dietary Recommendations.
- 21% Children and youth use safe food handling practices more often.
- 29% Children and youth improved their physical activity practices.
- 40% Children and youth improved their ability to prepare simple, nutritious, affordable food.