Our neighborhood health story: The cooking class that became so much more

The cooking classes in Hillcrest are part of a larger effort called the Community Food Education Collaborative, which is focused on helping lower-income residents in Buncombe County eat more fruits and vegetables. To help continue our  work, the collaborative recently received a $53,000 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant from the Aetna Foundation.

Classes include general information about diet and health, nutritional information about the dish being prepared and how it fits into the residents’ overall diet and meal planning. The classes are hands-on and practical, with participants preparing each healthy and economical meal and eating it at the end of class.
The Community Food Education Collaborative work is being done by The Womens Wellbeing and Development Foundation and Bountiful Cities Programs – FEAST and Strong Roots