Recipe for Success: Chef Yanet Trejo Cooked Up Kindness and Healthy Meals

American Heart Association Partners with Moore Food & Resource Center

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Feb. 19, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Moore Food & Resource Center is committed to providing healthy food to clients – and teaching Oklahomans how to cook healthier. In collaboration with the American Heart Association, Yanet Trejo recently hosted an interactive cooking and nutrition workshop at Moore FRC designed for low and middle income individuals who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. 

The Moore FRC offers client-choice shopping that allows clients to select the foods they need and want in a supermarket-like setting. The FRC places an emphasis on nutritious foods, especially fresh fruit and vegetables.

“We offer a variety of fresh and nutritious foods that families need and may not know how to prepare,” said Skyler Parker, executive director of the Moore Food & Resource Center. “These cooking demonstrations are a great way to show people not only how to cook foods we provide, but also explain the health benefits of that particular food item. We are thankful for Chef Trejo for teaching Oklahomans how to cook healthy, delicious meals.”

Trejo, who works for the American Heart Association, hosts a cooking demonstration each quarter at the Moore FRC. She creates her recipes using food items commonly found at the FRC. Last month, the feature recipe was Spinach Bean Soup, which is low-fat and full of nutritious vegetables.

Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest states in the nation, with one in six residents living with inconsistent access to healthy food. That’s why supporting the Moore FRC, which provides both food and resources to Oklahomans in Norman, Moore and South Oklahoma City, is so important.

“An elderly woman come to Moore FRC to shop for food,” said Parker. “Her electric bill was over $1,000 for just one month of service. We connected her to resources to help her manage the bill. As a result, she had more money from her fixed income to spend on food and needed less assistance from local pantries.”

Last month, the Moore FRC served more than 1,800 families with nutritious food and connected them to community resources; distributed 168 boxes of food to seniors; and filled nearly 200 backpacks full of food for students. Yet, the need is still great. In Cleveland County alone, 3,800 adults and 11,550 children live with hunger every day.

A great way to support the Moore FRC is through volunteering. Volunteers are needed to help clients shop for food, stock the shelves and assist with other tasks. Bilingual volunteers are also needed. Volunteers must be at least eight years old and children under 16 must have a parent, guardian or group leader present with them while volunteering. To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit www.moorefrc.org or contact Rebecca at 405-600-3188 or rdossey@regionalfoodbank.org.

About the Moore Food & Resource Center
The Moore Food & Resource Center is a program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The Moore FRC offers client-choice shopping that allows clients to select the foods they need and want in a supermarket-like setting. The center places an emphasis on nutritious foods, especially fresh fruit and vegetables. The Moore FRC opened in 2014 and serves more than 2,100 families a month. In addition to providing access to nutritious food, the center also allows volunteers and staff more opportunities to interact with clients and find additional ways they can be of service. See hours of operation at moorefrc.org.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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