PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today was Food Day. A day set aside to celebrate the movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
To mark the day the Good Shepherd Food Bank teamed up with Hannaford Supermarkets to highlight it's Cooking Matters program. A program that fits in quite well with the message of Food Day. The program empowers low-income families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals at home. Participants can enroll in a 6-week classroom program or simply sign up for one of these grocery store tours that took place today at the Hannaford on Forest Ave in Portland. It caught the attention of Senator Angus King who went along on the tour.
"It's not just saying okay we're going to give you more food stamps. It's how do you make your dollars or your food stamps go further and buy healthier food in the process", said King.
The Cooking Matters program was launched in Maine back in 2010 with 71 participants. This year more than 15-hundred people will take part.