A Word on Nutrition
Lower income populations often consume food lacking key nutrients, and lack of nutrition leads to a compromised immune system, illness, and disease. Many of our working families have no health insurance, which compounds health and financial problems.
Marta Blanco, a bilingual nutritionist from the Nutrition Health and Obesity Prevention Program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, visits our pantry every month. Utilizing the foods that we provide to our recipients, she prepares and presents healthy dishes for sampling. She also offers information on nutritional food combinations, on safe food handling, and on healthy alternatives to traditional food choices. Brown rice and whole grain pastas have become more popular, for example. And Marta’s venison chili and venison taco recipes have found enthusiastic acceptance.