Posted on October 21, 2015 11:32
Winona Volunteer Services is more than just a clothes shop or a food shelf. The nutrition and health program, in an on-site classroom kitchen, helps people gain hands-on food skills, from growing, planning and budgeting, preparing from scratch, and eating new foods. Education happens right inside the food shelf. Here's what a few participants have to say about Volunteer Services:
Louise came for food assistance, then started attending classes. She says even though she has been cooking all her life, she has learned a lot, like preparing and eating new vegetables like leafy dark greens. She recognizes that what she knew about nutrition in her younger days is different today; we know so much more now about eating for health. Louise has also changed the way she shops in the food shelf since going to classes, now looking for the most value for both nutrition and dollar amount.
IdellAnn finds everything about Volunteer Services to be comfortable and helpful. She has attended numerous Farmers' Market classes, which feel like family and where everyone is welcoming. She really appreciates the chance to learn how to prepare nutritious produce items. She says if she saw unknown produce in the grocery store, she wouldn't purchase it, not knowing if she would like it, but going to classes provides the opportunity to experience the unknown ad take a recipe home.