It's National Hunger Awareness Month, and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi has come up with a way to help folks on food stamps get the most from what they have in a healthy way.
"Eating healthy is expensive, and we're here to prove that wrong,"said Kate Hilliard, a dietician with the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.
Hilliard said she will be teaching four-week classes to show people how, even on food stamps, you can still eat healthy. In honor of Hunger Awareness Month, the Food Bank of Corpus Christi announced the program because the typical food stamp allotment of about $4 a day can still buy the right food to cook for the whole family.
"What's sad is that, when a lot of times when I do see people check out from HEB, Wal-Mart, using their food stamps, that it's filled with a lot of empty calories. So chips, ramen noodles is a big one, sodas," Hilliard said. "For them it might be filling, filling for their children, but there's no nutritional value in it."
Charles and Angela Lawhorn are clients of the Food Bank store. They were amazed at what they were shown on Friday.
"We always eat sparingly, but yet it always costs more at the store," Angela said.
"I learned that I could buy food cheaper," Charles said. "It's more healthy, makes you feel better and saves money."
Hilliard said the classes help teach people who may never have learned how to cook what to do to make their food dollars go farther. For the food bank, the cooking classes are something new.
"In the past, we would just take whatever we had and try to distribute it, but now we're really concerned about getting nutritious food out," said James Burnett, operations manager of the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.
Burnett said too many people don't know what to do with good food when they get it.
"The cost is going up on everything, so we really need to make sure we can give them something they can afford to eat," Burnett said.
While the classes are new, the message is that eating healthier is cheaper in the long run.
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