Food Choices and Cooking Matters

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Meet Rugy: a freelance Interpreter, AmeriCorps VISTA Member, and Cooking Matters participant

Originally from the West African country Mauritania, Rugy moved to the US after completing her education in law and economics. She has built her career in the States around interpretation and case management - all while navigating cultural differences for herself and her family.

While visiting NNEMAP Food Pantry, Rugy saw a flyer for a Local Matters’ Cooking Matters course. Interested in learning more, Rugy asked a volunteer with NNEMAP to help her sign up for the program. Rugy and her fellow participants then spent six weeks discussing food prep, healthy and economic food choices, and so much more.

“[Cooking Matters] has tremendously affected my family. We make healthier food choices. It has affected the way I see relation between meal choices, health, and well-being.”

Rugy shared that her favorite lesson was 'Choosing Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains,' but her favorite recipe from the program was black bean and corn salad. But it’s not just about good food:

“[Cooking Matters is] very important to the community. It educates people on eating well on a budget and helps prevent certain diseases that are linked to bad food choices. A healthy and balanced diet is the best way to stay in good health.”

We couldn’t say it any better. Thank you, Rugy, for your enthusiasm about Cooking Matters. We’re excited, too – excited to start 2018 hand-in-hand with partners like NNEMAP, participants like Rugy, and supporters like you.