A Recipe for Ending Hunger

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A Recipe for Ending Hunger

By Mabel Hernandez
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A recipe everyone has a hand in making: #EndingHunger http://bit.ly/12FPdwq @Sodexo_USA

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I love serving as nutrition instructor and class coordinator at the local food bank.

"Basic, accessible ingredients can become delicious, healthy meals." Photo courtesy of Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters®

Proper nutrition improves the quality of life and health for families. Photo courtesy of Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters®

Mabel Hernandez

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:00am


I’m an alchemist in the kitchen, making magic happen when I transform the simplest ingredients into something extraordinary.

One trick I don’t mind sharing is a recipe for making hunger disappear.

I add a dash of my passion for cooking and fold in a generous measure of nutrition awareness, drawing on my professional experience.

Getting it right didn’t happen overnight, however.

A few years ago when I was a student at the University of the District of Columbia, a representative of the Food Bank came to one of our classes recruiting volunteers for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® program.

The program mission attracted me, but time passed, and despite receiving monthly e-mails asking to join a series, I never joined.

Several years later, while working as a community nutritionist at an outpatient clinic, a manager re-directed my attention to Cooking Matters®. Finally, I contacted the Food Bank, made all the arrangements and our first Cooking Matters series began, with we me serving as nutrition instructor and class coordinator.

I fell in love with all aspects of the program, which uses simple concepts, easy, inexpensive recipes and involve the participant in cooking and learning nutrition concepts.

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Michael McManus
Sodexo, Inc.
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