Today, we’re excited to highlight the work that NC State Extension has been doing to support faith communities in Stokes County, North Carolina!
Heros Helping Heroes, also known as Seeds of Hope, is a set of cooking/nutrition classes for low-resourced and foster families in Stokes County.
“I set up my class so that kids were always welcome,” remarked Patti Snyder, Stokes’ County’s Family and Consumer Science Agent. “I went over the PowerPoints and then took a break for activity and then we always cooked the meal together. Families enjoyed cooking with each other and watching their children help was really cool. We all ate together and talked about how easy and healthy most of the meals we had were.”
The program ran for about six months, from January through June of 2018. Many of the class participants started to make healthier grocery lists and better lunch choices.
One of the larger challenges that were encountered during the program was encouraging the children to taste the foods that were prepared.
Some of the continuing efforts include keeping in contact with the program participants.
Snyder remarked, “With the help of the lay leader, I have been able to keep in contact with some of my attendees to encourage them to stay on track.”
Great job Stokes County! Keep up the good work!