Vinnies initiative for healthy food on a budget
THE volunteer committee of Mansfield St Vincent de Paul Society is running a program which aims to show people how to prepare healthy food.
President of the committee, Stephen Cherubin, explained the program is a follow on from an earlier initiative, HALLY (Have a Long Lunch and a Yarn), also designed to offer people food and companionship.
The cooking classes are run by Ann-Maree Vague, who is highly experienced in food preparation.
“We now have a community vegetable garden too,” Mr Cherubin explained.
“The veggies are used in the cooking courses and are also available to anyone needing fresh, nutritious food.
“Though our focus is to show people that even on a limited budget they can prepare healthy fresh food, we welcome anyone to our class who wants to know about improving their eating habits,” Mr Cherubin added.
The program, in its first year, is having a break in the school holidays, but will resume on October 5.
It runs from 10am to noon on a Monday, and there has been a change of venue from the CWA hall to St Mary’s Hall in Hunter Street.
A WORK IN PROGRESS: Vinnies committee member Jill Hannaker (left) and president Stephen Cherubin show off the Vinnies veggie garden.