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Notes from our CEO

Dear Friend of Manna Food Center, This is our September newsletter so it is natural that we are focused on back-to-school topics: another year of the Smart Sacks program providing 2,850 kids with nutritious bags of food each weekend, the arrival of our new retrofitted school bus “Manny” that will reach hungry neighbors with fresh produce and teach kids […]

Four Health Habits To Start Today

Lindsey here. I’ve been teaching healthy budget shopping with the Cooking Matters at the Store program for the three years I’ve been Manna’s Nutrition Educator. The questions that arise week after week are, sadly, the same: “I was just diagnosed with Type II diabetes, what can I eat now?”   In response to this question, […]

Eggplants are from Mars, Peppers are from Venus

Lindsey here. I just returned from Hollywood. Yes, Hollywood: the locale of this year’s conference for the International Association of Culinary Professionals. There were wonderful surprises on my trip, including a memorable conversation around Nigerian cuisine with my cab driver, Joseph. I also met some food heroes of mine, Marion Nestle and Lynne Rossetto Kasper. […]

Kitchen Confidential: Spices on the Cheap

Lindsey here, sharing another round of my Notes from the Nutritionist: a series of kitchen tips we include in each Manna box to help families produce healthy, home-cooked meals. Now, raise your hand if this has ever been you: Spot drool-worthy food photo. Glance / scroll down to discover accompanying recipe. Vow you are going to attempt […]

The Simple Truth About Your Kitchen Cupboard

Lindsey here. After being snowed in at home for four straight days, making meals from every canned bean and frozen vegetable I could combine, I got to the grocery store yesterday. Even after the winter storm has settled, some grocery shelves are still emptier than usual.   Having a stocked kitchen cupboard is not only your […]

Listen Up: A New Year’s Challenge

Lindsey here. Despite all the responsibilities, I find the peace of being an adult some days is being alright with not having All The Answers. Nutrition research evolves constantly; scientific reports pop into the headlines about what not to eat this week, confusing the public.  The role of Manna’s Nutrition Educator implies a vast knowledge […]