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The Telegram
  • Food pantries learn "What's Cooking in Herkimer County"

  • Customers of area food pantries will soon have a new tool to help them put nutritious meals on the dinner table.

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  • Customers of area food pantries will soon have a new tool to help them put nutritious meals on the dinner table.
    The Herkimer County Hunger Coalition recently donated $1,020 to fund 3,000 copies of the “What’s Cooking in Herkimer County” cookbook.
    Providing easy, low-cost recipes, information about food and nutrition resources, and tips for stretching food dollars, the cookbook is actually more of a do-it-yourself manual on eating healthy.
    Cornell Cooperative Extension, the county Office for the Aging and Herkimer-Madison Counties Women, Infants and Children Program all prepared the book, which will be distributed by area food pantries.
    “A lot of the foods that are featured in the cookbook are available at the food pantries,” said Mary Scanlon, Office for the Aging director, “it gives ideas on how to make nutritious meals with what you’ve got.”
    In addition to the 3,000 copies that will be passed out by food pantries throughout the county, the cookbook can be viewed online by going to www.cce.cornell.edu/herkimer.
    Scanlon said the hunger coalition funded all 3,000 copies and made the project possible.
    Ray Lenarcic, HCHC, director, said the coalition is grateful to partner with the other agencies in making the book available. “[Parents] will be able to provide their children with a diversity of nutritious meals and, by getting more out of less, have a few more bucks in their pockets for the purchase of other essentials,” he said, referring to the cookbook’s impact.
    Scanlon agreed the project’s results are sure to make a difference in people’s lives. “The importance of good nutrition can never be understated,” she said.  

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