We started cooking with families of the Ferndale Food Bank a year ago and it has led to “The Meal of the Month” program. This is a great way to connect with families about food and meal planning. And it is even more important that clients have an opportunity to share their ideas which makes cooking a “shared experience.”
A tip of the funding hat goes out to the Community Food Coop for making this program possible.
- Suzanne, the director of the Ferndale Food Bank and Lee Ann from the Washington State University extension office in Whatcom County plan the recipes for the meal of the month program. They test the recipes.
FMP presenters use the recipes with clients of the food bank. The clients prepare ingredients for the recipe, sample the food and take the ingredients home to prepare for the next day.
- The following week representatives from the extension office pass out recipes and have clients sample the meal. The food bank distributes the ingredients so that everyone can cook the meal of the month.
We at the Family Meals Project are fortunate to participate in this program. Our goal is to write a presenters’ guide for other food pantries to use. The meal of the month program is a great way to meet clients and talk about food choices. But more than that he gives us a chance to present the for basic core concepts the family meals project.
As you see from the pictures this is a hands-on activity. We are always looking for presenters and other people to help organize the meal. And of course, we always welcome donations to offset the cost of the food.
If you wish to sponsor one cook-in (about $30) contact us at 360-380-2200.