Have you heard this before?

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In response to our post about food skills and the question “have you heard this before?” Linda of the Sunnydale Community Centre (formerly of Live and Learn) had the following to say:

“Yes, I have heard this and it has often led to some good conversation and hopefully, some education.

People who live on a limited income and have had the opportunity to learn about nutrition and food preparation either at school or at home, tend to use this knowledge and these skills to prepare and provide meals for their families.  They face the additional challenge, while living on a limited income, of providing and preparing nutritious meals on a limited budget.  They also know and struggle when they are not able to provide the nutrition they would like to provide.

Other people who live on a limited income and have not had the opportunity to learn about nutrition and food preparation often provide food for their families as it was provided for them when they were growing up.  The Live and Learn program, Community Nutrition Workers in the community centres and Community Kitchens, all work to address this.  It is my experience that the majority of individuals who are given an opportunity to learn about nutrition and food preparation are very excited to do this and then work to prepare and provide healthy meals for their families.  I can easily recall hearing multiple Live and Learn women ask the difference between tablespoons and teaspoons, questioning whether it’s safe to cook your own food, or commenting that they’d never used anything other than a can opener to make a meal.

It’s simply a matter of opportunities – for education, for experience and for adequate food.   I’ve met very few people who would turn any of these things down.”

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