Some North Texas community nutrition programs teach people how to stretch their food budget without sacrificing health and wellness.
Erica Chase wants to adopt healthier habits. She’s 25 years old and has four children. Three-year-old twins, a two-year-old and a one-year-old.
“There’s days where I go without eating so they can eat,” she says.
Chase is unemployed and counts on government assistance to make sure her little ones have plenty of food. Even with that extra boost, she says her pantry empties quickly.
The class she’s attending is all about controlling portion size; balancing meat, dairy, grains, fruits and veggies; even working in a little more exercise.
Cheryl Miller is a Texas A&M Agrilife extension agent for Dallas County. She oversees the expanded food nutrition education program and says there are countless reasons families decide to take a class like this.
“To learn basic nutrition information to eat healthier to cook healthier, how to stretch their food dollars, how to shop better, learn that it is important to make a shopping list when you go shopping,” she says.