Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Conyers to Join with Anti-Hunger Advocates for Cooking Matters at the Store Grocery Tour this Wednesday

(DETROIT) – This Wednesday, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will join Share Our Strength, an anti-hunger advocacy organization, and representatives from Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan at an informational workshop event - Cooking Matters at the Store grocery tour - at 1:00 pm at the Farmer John Market. As part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Cooking Matters teaches low-income families how to best maximize federal nutrition assistance benefits, such as SNAP and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, by purchasing fresh produce and whole grains on a budget. Cooking Matters has reached nearly 10,000 participants in 2012 alone with interactive grocery store tours, and has helped low-income families across the nation learn to shop and prepare healthy affordable meals. This tour comes on the heels of a $5 billion reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) this past Friday, November 1st as provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expired.

Prior to the grocery store tour, Rep. Conyers will deliver brief remarks. Press are invited to cover the event and join in on the grocery store tour.

Further information about the event is detailed below:

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters at the Store grocery tour

Ø  Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
Ø  Rohini Foulkes – Cooking Matters coordinator, Gleaners Community Food Bank
Ø  Sarah Mills – Cooking Matters Program Manager, Gleaners Community Food Bank
Ø  Michigan families

Wednesday, November 6th, 1:00 p.m.
Farmer John Market
9731 Harper Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213

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