LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - WAFER Food Pantry wants to add to its responsibility of providing food for more than 1,600 families a month.
WAFER will soon begin offering education programs on nutrition to its clients. It's part of WAFER's Nutrition Education & Tools Project. They will teach meal-planning and have hands-on cooking classes. They want to show how to prepare healthy meals using fresh produce, instead of processed foods.
The goal is educating people to become more self-sufficient. Taylor Haley, President of WAFER's Board of Directors, said "We know a lot of our clients are pressed for time, getting kids here and there and we want them to be able to prepare tasty nutritious meals for themselves which gives them a sense of confidence and independence and raises your self esteem when you can meet your own needs."
Along with WAFER, the Great Rivers United Way, UW-Extension, Viterbo University, the La Crosse County Aging Unit, Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Hunger Task Force and others will also be involved.
Mary Kay Wolf, Executive Director of the Great Rivers United Way said, "You can give a person a fish or you can teach a person how to fish is where they are coming from, teaching them the tools so that's what's going to make a difference."
"For most of us growing up, we learned to cook with our mom or dad or a microwave and when we just know how to use a microwave then we really don't eat well. The nutritional value isn't there," said Haley.
WAFER still needs funding for the $100,000 program. Their Board of Directors has invested $25,000.
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