Healthy Eating for Less

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Healthy eating habits are often closely related to environmentally friendly eating habits. But healthy eating is especially difficult for low-income families because nutritious foods tend to be more expensive than less healthy foods.

The state of Massachusetts provides housing for homeless families in hotels. Many of these families have only a mini-fridge and a microwave to prepare meals, and a small budget for food. If they have little or no income, families may be relying entirely on a small monthly allotment provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which can only be used in participating markets.  

Event 2 Picture 2Our goal was to increase awareness of healthy eating habits and teach low-income families how to shop for affordable foods that meet their nutritional needs. We held a series of workshops in October, November and December at the Home Suites Inn in Waltham. Our first event featured a discussion about the importance of whole grains and fiber. Our second event addressed sugar content in different kinds of cereal, yogurt and oatmeal. The third event featured a lesson on unit prices and buying in bulk. 

We also created a booklet of cooking tips and recipes that don’t require anything more than a microwave.

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Team Members

Jie Dong, Jessica Vitale and Alia Bluestein