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Chautauqua County nutrition program moves online

Posted at 7:25 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 07:50:51-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — This nutrition program used to be face to face, now families in Chautauqua County can learn about eating healthy and smart shopping through Facebook.

“People need help more than ever especially now that people are losing their jobs," Heather Gregory a Nutrition Educator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County.

The cooperative has moved to Live Facebook video to still talk and educate families on healthy recipes, how to make food last longer, and how to make the grocery bill less expensive.

“Ditch the soda, it’s a real game changer when when people take that advice, just health wise and money wise,” Gregory said.

Gregory says a family can save more than $850 a year if they cut out soda and sugary drinks.

She also recommends families meal plan before going to the grocery store.

“Figuring out what you already have and building a meal plan from that," Gregory said. "So when you go to the grocery store it is very strategic and also looking at is that item on-sale should I stalk up now.”

If you are eligible for SNAP or other food assistance programs you have access to free one-on-one meetings on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County's Facebook page.