Cooking Matters at the Store comes to Fayetteville


Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc. (CCAP)




For Immediate Release     
May 14, 2014                                                                           
Contact: Courtney Otero, (910) 433-2720,

Cooking Matters at the Store comes to Fayetteville

A nutrition education partnership of

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina 

 and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

WHAT: Cooking Matters at the Store is a FREE guided grocery tour that helps low-income families make healthy and affordable choices at the supermarket. Participants practice key food shopping skills such as buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices, reading food labels, and identifying whole grain foods.

WHO: CCAP’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina (SHFB) is offering Cooking Matters at the Store nutrition education to empower families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals. The program is presented in partnership with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh, the state-wide nutrition education partner of the national organization Share Our Strength, which developed the Cooking Matters curriculum.

Media is invited to join the FREE guided grocery tour. Tour participants have been invited from various social service agencies, and the public is invited as space allows.

WHEN: May 21, 2014, 11 am

WHERE: Food Lion at 342 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC WHY: “One of our initiatives this year has been to promote a healthy lifestyle,” states Ron Pringle, Food Bank Director. “Most people know they need to eat healthier, but don’t know how to do that on a tight budget. By partnering with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to teach Cooking Matters at the Store, we are aren’t just giving the community the tools to shop healthy, but we are actually showing them what to look for and how to get the most out of their budget.”

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ABOUT SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA The Second Harvest Food Bank distributed food to more than 110,000 individuals each month during 2013 through 250 member agencies in 7 counties.  SHFB provides special programs for groups at greatest risk of hunger; for example, some 14,200 seniors received meals in addition to the more than 65,500 meals for children in the BackPack Program.  SHFB also operates a mobile pantry program delivering food to rural communities where it is most needed.  SHFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading network of food banks committed to hunger relief in America. Through SHFB and other organizations in its network, Feeding America distributes food to more than 37 million low-income families each year. SHFB is a program of the Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc. (CCAP).The Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc. is a private human services agency offering a comprehensive, supportive approach to helping families and individuals achieve and sustain economic security.  Established in 1965, CCAP has become a respected agency among the top-tier of the national network of community action programs whose purpose is to address poverty in America.  CCAP has a direct presence in some 34 counties throughout southeastern North Carolina. CCAP is the parent organization for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina (SHFB); the Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS); the Comprehensive Housing and Weatherization Programs; Self-Sufficiency Programs (ASPIRE); and Head Start.  CCAP is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.  For more information about CCAP programs and services, visit their website or call (910) 485-6131. ABOUT INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a hunger-relief organization based in Raleigh, NC and the state-wide training partner of Share Our Strength (, a national organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, and developers of the Cooking Matters ( nutrition education curriculum. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle uses multiple strategies to address the root causes of hunger in addition to recovering and distributing food, including nutrition education and workforce development in the culinary arts, urban agriculture, and farming microenterprises.