Foodlink focused on nutritious meals

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - Foodlink is focused on providing nutritious meals as part of National Nutrition Month in March.

Alyssa VanValkenburg, the Nutrition Education Manager at Foodlink, and Laura Sugarwala, the Senior Manager of Nutrition and Food Safety at Foodlink, discussed the importance of nutrition and educating the public Tuesday on News 8 at Sunrise.

"March is National Nutrition Month as you mentioned, and we're going to be having a variety of workshops," said Sugarwala.  "We're going to have recipes on our website for nutrition month and we are excited because Foodlink focuses our vision on a healthy hunger free community and works with our five hundred partner agencies to makes sure that healthy food is focused on and distributed for our agencies."

Foodlink distributes almost six million pounds of produce annually.  "We're looking to have the best food on the plate for those who are most vulnerable," said Sugarwala.

Helping people understand what is best for them is part of creating nutritious meals.  "We have a bunch of different nutrition education programs ranging from interactive grocery store tours to hands on cooking and nutrition courses, with many staffers involved so we do that in many ways, but at the end of the day we're really trying to educate and empower people," said VanValkenburg.

Foodlink's next grocery store tour will take place Friday, March 3 at the PriceRite on University Avenue in Rochester from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  "It's a free open event with many nutrition educators that will be teaching people practical skills on how they can compare unit prices, get the most for their money, and how to shop for healthy food," VanValkenburg.

You can also find nutritious recipes on the Foodlink website.  "We have three different curriculum, Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables, Cooking Matters, and East Smart New York, and all of the recipes from those programs will be on our website and accessible, and we have many different resources as well," Sugarwala said.

To learn more, visit the Foodlink website, click here.




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