Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who’s Been There
She knew she needed to take better care of herself, so she began experimenting with a garden, baking bread, doing whatever she could to supplement the Women, Infants and Children WIC food program staples she was receiving. She taught herself to cook with kale, collards, cabbage and other inexpensive and nutritionally dense produce. Neighbors came over. She taught them to cook, too.“ Although she’s not yet reached her dream of becoming a park ranger, Harris gets to spend plenty of time outdoors these days.She’s now teaching low-income families how to choose and cook healthy produce. She’s a culinary educator and SNAP outreach coordinator with the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit group dedicated to creating a more equitable local food system in the Washington, D.C. area.She drives the Center’s Mobile Market bus – a kind of farmers market on wheels — into some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.”Working at the Mobile Market, I talk to a lot of moms, and many of them tell me, ‘I don’t know how to cook.’ A lot of them are teen mothers. They pick up vegetables and say, ‘I don’t know what this is. Is it good? Is it hard to cook?’ ” Harris says. So she talks up the squash and the Swiss chard, offering tips on how to store and cook them.