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WIC helping new mothers learn to cook


August 24. 2013 1:05PM
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LIMA — The Allen County WIC program is hosting a simple, hands-on food demonstration for new mothers and young families Thursday, showing different ways to cook eggs, make squash and prepare soup.



Most of the foods that will be used in the demonstration are items that can be purchased through the WIC supplemental food program.



“What we’re trying to do at the WIC program is encourage healthy diets for children,” said Staci Schmenk, dietitian with the Allen County WIC Program. “And a lot of times, it’s one thing to talk to someone about how to prepare something or how to get fruits and vegetables into a child’s diet that may not like fruits and vegetables. And we’re actually going to give demonstrations of recipes that actually help parents achieve those goals.”



How to boil an egg, make deviled eggs and pickled eggs are an example of the foods that will be made.



“Since we’re looking at Easter,” said Barb Deepe, Allen County WIC Director.



Other tasks, like how to cut and cook a squash, will be shown. The demo will finish off with making a homemade soup.



“People who aren’t used to doing a lot of cooking have some things they can take home and make, that they maybe have been a little bit afraid of,” Schmenk said. “A lot of people don’t make homemade soups. They open a can.”



The demonstration will take place at the Market Street Presbyterian Church, 1100 W. Market St., Lima, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. There will be door prizes and recipes to take home.



The event is free, but registration is required. Only adults are allowed. Call (419) 224-8200 to sign up by Monday.





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