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MLK Service Day in AR – Cooking Matters at the Store

IMAGE: The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is offering "Cooking Matters at the Store" classes today, its contribution to the MLK Day of Service. Logo courtesy Hands On Northeast Ohio.
IMAGE: The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is offering "Cooking Matters at the Store" classes today, its contribution to the MLK Day of Service. Logo courtesy Hands On Northeast Ohio.
January 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The MLK Day of Service is a good chance to learn something new, such as how to save money on nutritious meals with a grocery store tour. Community groups around the country and in Arkansas celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with volunteer projects, and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will be holding its "Cooking Matters at the Store" classes in four locations around the state today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Stephanie Purifoy, field manager for "Cooking Matters" with the Hunger Relief Alliance, such grocery store tours are designed to help people get the most out of their food budgets.

"We offer nutrition education programs, and our tour is just a way where we educate people on how they can buy healthier food on a tighter budget, something that we all need."

Purifoy said the tour takes a half-hour to 45 minutes, and covers such topics as understanding nutrition labels, figuring out unit pricing and bulk purchasing, and making smart choices in fresh, frozen and canned produce. She said they're able to have classes around the state, with the support of the grocery store companies.

"We're going to have a tour in Fayetteville, one in Little Rock, one in North Little Rock, and then we have an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who is hosting some tours in Harrisburg, Arkansas."

She said each participant will receive a free $10 grocery gift card, an apron, recipe cards and a reusable shopping bag.

More information is at ARHungerAlliance.org or at CookingMatters.org.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - AR