Greetings dear friends. There are so many fresh food events taking place, that it keeps this examiner happily busy posting daily articles.
What an exciting time this is to be alive! Here are a few things going on in the Capitol City recently. Believe me, there are more to come, so I will post them in future articles.
Manna Meal Receives Fresh Produce
Manna Meals of Charleston got a helping hand recently from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass donated approximately 35 pounds of fresh produce to the soup kitchen.
The produce was from a garden tended by the employees at the agency’s headquarters in Guthrie, WV. Manna Meal serves two free meals a day, 365 days a year. Since 1978, the organization has served more than 1 million meals.
Local kitchen seeks more volunteers
It opened during the filming of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in 2009 as a way to help families, despite their income, learn ways to prepare fresh, healthy meals.
Andie Leffingwell, the manager of the kitchen is doing a fantastic job of continuing the work started by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
‘Here in the Kitchen, it’s a great environment,” Leffingwell said. “It’s fun and it’s like a family atmosphere. … It really is a little different volunteering here because you’re part of a bigger family trying to help people with healthy eating.’
People of all ages are invited to volunteer — seniors, students, those who don’t work outside the home and others. And anyone with an interest in cooking and wellness is welcome to join the team, whether on a regular basis, or once in a while.
Book to focus on sustaining fresh food culture
Brent Cunningham, who is embarking on a post-Jamie Oliver food and culture book with his wife, Jane Black, spoke publicly for the first time about the project at Marshall University’s South Charleston campus.
Brent Cunningham was very clear Tuesday evening during his first public talk about the book he and his wife are co-authoring.
It’s not about Jamie Oliver.
It’s about food. And it’s about the culture they are observing in Huntington, WV — both the challenges and the people who are trying to overcome them. The book is due out in 2013.
Eat well Charleston, and live long!
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