AUBURN – Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine’s largest hunger relief organization, is launching NutritionForME.org, a one-stop online resource for finding simple, nutritious and easy-to-prepare recipes using everyday ingredients.
Created by the Food Bank’s nutrition and education team, the site allows users to search through hundreds of recipes to see what they can do with items in their pantries, cupboards and refrigerators. Many recipes include ingredients distributed by the Food Bank’s network of over 500 partner organizations.
“The Food Bank’s Cooking Matters program allows individuals and families to stretch their food budgets to create healthy meals,” said Courtney Kennedy, Nutrition and Education Manager at the Good Shepherd Food Bank. “Since 1993, we have offered hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by professional chefs and volunteer nutritionists. NutritionForME.org bridges the gap between our classes and cooking at home, when the participant has ingredients but doesn’t know what to do with them.
Easy-to-follow recipes are endorsed by the Food Bank’s nutrition and education team. The site is a valuable resource for anyone looking for meal ideas, including featured seasonal dishes that spin on the homepage. Some recipes offer how-to videos, and all have nutrition labels to help users make the best possible choices for their health and that of their family. Once on the recipe page, there are options for a printable version of the recipe and sharing the recipe on social media sites.
Users interested in submitting an affordable and easy-to-prepare recipe can do so by clicking the “Suggest a Recipe” button on the site and filling in the necessary information for submission. The food bank is thrilled to have the help of the community to build this much-needed resource for healthy cooking on a tight budget.
“NutritionForMe.org is an essential resource to help increase access to healthy food in our state. We know nutrition education is key to reducing the impact of hunger on the lives of our neighbors,” said Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank. Campaign to End Hunger in Maine aims to ensure that all Mainers have access to the nutritious food they need to thrive, when and where they need it by 2025.