The Nelson Food Cupboard is preparing to wrap up this year’s Food Skills project

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The Nelson Food Cupboard is preparing to wrap up this year’s Food Skills project.

As the harvest season winds to a close the Nelson Food Cupboard is preparing to wrap up this year’s Food Skills project.

The program was launched in June and since then has brought 10 workshops to Food Cupboard customers. Workshops were led by experts from within the community and have covered topics such as cooking on a budget, composting, breadmaking, gardening in small spaces and more.

“We had experience offering canning and cooking workshops but this was the first time we offered an ongoing workshop series of this kind,” said Food Cupboard coordinator Kim Charlesworth.

The Food Skills project was made possible by a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants program as well as support from the Kootenay Co-op.

The long-term aim of the project is to increase the capacity of Food Cupboard customers to provide healthy food for themselves and their families.

“Feedback about this project has been very positive. Customers report that participating in these workshops has increased their skill level and helped build confidence and community,” said Charlesworth.

“We are so grateful to the Columbia Basin Trust and the Kootenay Co-op for generously supporting this program.”

The Nelson Food Cupboard provides barrier free access to healthy food and is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the Nelson Food Cupboard call 250-354-1633 or visit the group’s website at www.foodcupboard.org.