|Cent$ible Nutrition Program|
Two Buck Lunch
Hosting a delicious lunch, Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) staff prepared a satisfying, nutritious meal for $2. The Two-Buck Lunch event in Cheyenne, Wyoming, exposed participants to the realities of depending on Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits, as well as demonstrated how CNP teaches skills that maximize the possibilities.
Nearly 40 people attended the event in October 2013, including Wyoming Department of Family Services Director, Steve Corsi, administrative and field staff, Lynda Zeringue of the Friday Food Bank in Cheyenne, State SNAP representatives, and First Lady Carol Mead. CNP staff from the Cheyenne Extension office prepared and served chicken enchiladas, red beans and rice, fruit salad, brownies and a drink.
Photo: Wyoming First Lady, Carol Mead and Lynda Zeringue of the Friday Food Bank in Cheyenne.
Benefits work out to be approximately $2 per meal based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Thrifty Meal Plan. Participants filled their plates with nourishing food while trying not to spend more than their allotted $2 of CNP currency. Listed before each item, the cost per serving emphasized the important of cooking from scratch and eating healthy portion sizes. Most importantly, each of the offerings fell within the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for nutrition.
As participants enjoyed the meal, CNP Program Manager, Mindy Mieuli, shared how the cooking skills, cooking from scratch, and menu planning strategies taught by CNP make it possible to eat nutritiously on $2 per meal. Participants shared their expectations and surprise at the quality of the food, and discussed concerns facing local low-income families. Others remarked that SNAP benefits and CNP classes work very well together. Participants themselves tasted the satisfying and flavorful recipes the CNP program has developed. All the recipes are found in the Program cookbook. People who participant in Cent$ible Nutrition Classes receive the cookbook for free. Contact your local Extension office or call 1-877-219-4646. For information about SNAP benefits and assistance, please call 1-800-457-3659.