Monday, November 22, 2010

SIFE Students help Food Pantry Clients Budget

CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Washington College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) worked with the Kent County Community Food Pantry to help pantry clients make better choices about shopping and cooking during workshops held in October and early November. More than 120 clients signed up for workshops, which were funded with a $16,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc,

The workshops included nutrition lessons and recipes from dietician Marcia Yeager. The SIFE students, led by advisors Susan Vowels and Aundra Weissert, helped clients learn to budget and get more from their food dollars. SuperFresh donated measuring cups, and Chesapeake Bank and Trust provided calculators for the local workshops.

Founded in 1975 and active on college campuses in 37 countries, the non profit SIFE network encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations. Students use their knowledge of business, economics and free enterprise to complete projects that improve their communities and/or the world. The Community Food Pantry provides non-perishable food to more than 500 Kent County adults and children a month. It is supported by Kent County churches, service organizations, businesses, individuals and the United Way of Kent County.

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Photos: Washington College SIFE students Ben Jardot, Ben Keaton and Matt Hager and dietician Marcia Yeager helped the Community Food Pantry with its workshops about smart food shopping. Washington College professor Susan Vowels advises the SIFE chapter and helped with the workshops.
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