PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A program that assists those in need is returning to Page County; it's a nutrition course that helps families to shop on a budget while eating healthy.
Hundreds of people shop at the Page One Pantry in Page County, but the program is now teaching them how to prepare a healthy meal with what's available.
"We've experienced a tremendous increase for food," said Lois Shaffer, manager of the Page One Pantry.
Shaffer said the Pantry feeds up to 100 families per day. In September, nearly 680 families asked for help, similar to the number last year, when the food assistance program made cutbacks.
"We are seeing the same thing now with the government shutdown, hours cut back on jobs, getting into the winter months," said Shaffer.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is also helping with the need, giving groceries to those who take the Super Pantry program, an eight-week course that covers basic nutrition, exercise and hands-on cooking. The goal is to reduce fat, sugar and salt in their diet.
One of the teachers, Ofelia Tapia, said education is key.
"If you hand them a bag of groceries, it's a little bit hard for them to know how to use it sometimes, and if we show them how to prepare a meal, they are more likely to use the stuff we give them," said Tapia.
Spots remain open for the Super Pantry program. The first class will be held next Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Stanley. To sign-up for the program, call 540-778-5794 or email email@example.com
To help Page One Pantry, contact 540-743-4357.
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