OCEAN PARK, Wash. — A six-week series of cooking and nutrition classes will begin Thursday at the Ocean Park Fire Department Community Room. The free classes are offered as part of the “Eat Right When Money’s Tight” Program provided by the Pacific County Health Department and the Ocean Park Food Bank.

The classes will expand information that is provided at Ocean Park Food Bank’s weekly food demonstrations and taste testing. The goal of the program is to help people stretch their food money and eat healthier on a limited budget. The classes will be led by registered dietitian Patte Doran, and they will include recipe ideas, food samples, cooking tips, nutrition information and some hands-on food preparation. The classes are open to everyone.

Class dates and topics include selecting fruits and vegetables Thursday storing fruits and vegetables July 25, safe handling of fruits and vegetables Aug. 2, gardening basics Aug.10, garden harvesting Aug. 16, and healthy cooking with fruits and vegetables Aug. 22. All classes are held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The Fire Department Community Room is located at 26109 Ridge Ave. in Ocean Park.

The food demonstrations and taste testing will continue at the Ocean Park Food Bank July 19 and 25, Aug. 2, 10, 16, 22 and 30, and Sept. 6.

Call Patte Doran at (503) 642-9349, option 8, for information or email her at pdoran@co.pacific.wa.us

Funding for this six-week program is through a grant from the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education.

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