Healthy Cooking Club
Project Budget: $30,000
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program, (CSFP) is a senior food program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been administering this program in Los Angeles County since 2003. In 2017, we served an average of 26,694 seniors every month at 145 distribution sites across the county.
Program participants received approximately 30 pounds of shelf stable food items, as well as fresh produce and perishable items depending on the distribution site and availability. A grant award from AltaMed will allow us to provide nutrition education/culinary demonstration classes to approximately 1,770 low-income CSFP seniors, 60 years and older at CSFP food distribution sites (senior centers) in eight South East Los Angeles locations.
Nutritious food is not only a foundation of good health maintenance but is also a part of prevention and intervention of illnesses. Offering food demonstrations will teach our senior population how to integrate the USDA commodities they receive through the program (such as cereal, dry milk, pasta, peanut butter, rice, beans, canned meats, canned fruit and canned vegetables) to prepare creative and nutritious meals. They will be able to sample the meals demonstrated and take home recipe handouts.