Seniors Learn to Stretch Groceries 

Earlier this year, residents of Presidential Place, a low-income apartment complex for seniors in Cranston, gathered for a 6-week class series presented by our Healthy Habits nutrition education team.

The Healthy Living for Adults series teaches participants how to incorporate healthy eating, chronic disease management and prevention, physical activity, and budgeting into their daily lives. The Healthy Habits team offers classes and workshops for adults, families, and children on a variety of topics.

When we joined community nutrition coordinator Theresa Beeley at Presidential Place she was teaching an eager group of seniors how to combat food waste at home. Theresa emphasized how cutting down on food waste could help make the most of both purchased food and the food received as part of monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) boxes distributed by the Food Bank.

“Our classes not only teach simple ways to eat well on a budget,” Theresa says. “They also create an opportunity to socialize and build relationships.”

She ended the session with a recipe demo, showing the seniors how to leverage what’s already in the fridge to make healthy, tasty dishes like vegetable fritters, which earned rave reviews. Class members also receive the ingredients for each week’s recipe so they can try it at home.

Thank you for partnering with the Food Bank today to help Rhode Islanders like Rachel fill plates full of nutritious food this fall.