Families at Buckner Family Pathways in Conroe, Texas, shared a table and classroom and learned to cook with healthy eating in mind. The class is part of a weekly nutrition education program taught by the local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
“It’s perfect,” Family Pathways resident Alencia Washington said. “I get out of school Friday afternoon and come right in. I enjoy learning new things. The class is a good way to learn cooking with other moms and get to know one another.”
Alencia and her daughter, Kimber, 3, have attended the weekly classes throughout the summer. Alencia and Kimber like to bake together on Saturdays.
“There is such joy learning in real time when children join their parents in the kitchen and at the table,” Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Assistant Michele Scaife said. “It’s so good to be a part of the encouragement and positive interaction between these wonderful families.”
Better Living for Texans is a statewide nutrition education program for adults and kids who want to learn how to eat well and save money.
“These classes cover how to choose foods that are inexpensive and good to eat, make food dollars last longer and help children choose healthy snacks,” Michelle said. “Our program focuses on audiences in lower-income communities to help improve food security, diet quality, nutrition knowledge and food safety skills.”
Buckner Family Pathways has operated in Conroe since 2010, providing single-parent families with an opportunity to live in a safe, secure environment. While completing educational and vocational goals, families develop skills for self-sufficient, healthy households.
“I’m a family-oriented person,” Alencia said. “I really love how this has become a chance to share that with other moms. It feels like a family dinner table. Even if you didn’t grow up with that experience, you get it here.”