FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2015) – The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc.’s Kids in The Kitchen committee recently held a couponing and healthy eating class at The Salvation Army for a group of girls from SIYA (Support Independent Young Adults). The girls ranged in age from 13 to 18 years.
During the event, girls were taught about nutrition, how to flavor water, how to eat well on a budget, and to utilize strategies for couponing. A cookbook called “Good and Cheap” was given to each girl and provides a great source of information for eating well on a $4 a day budget. The budget plan includes supermarket strategies, groceries that one won’t regret buying, and information on how to use foods in multiple ways. For each copy of the book that was purchased, the company donated another book to someone in need.
The girls were asked to make a grocery list of what foods they thought they could purchase for $30. At the end of class, the girls went on a trip to Publix to spend their $30 gift cards. They also utilized reusable grocery bags, which they were given to take home.
Since 2001, the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative and others like it are now active in 200 locations around the world. It provides lessons and demonstrations in the preparation of healthy meals and snacks in partnership with local organizations, chefs and nutritionists to help reverse the increased rate of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. Events are held four times a year.
Since 1966, the Junior League of Fort Myers has contributed more than one million volunteer hours to community projects and programs.
A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., the Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1966 and made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLFM is also a granting organization, providing mini-grants to organizations throughout Southwest Florida’s five-county area to programs that create better life outcomes for our area’s youth. JLFM memberships are open to all women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
For more information, call 239-277-1197 or visit www.jlfm.org.