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Produce & Food Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets with Recipes: 

Why Fact Sheets? 
During 2019, the Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFVs) in Brunswick County conducted monthly food demonstrations and food tastings at a food pantry in Shallotte, NC. Plans in 2020 were to continue this outreach and to add another location at Town Creek Vision Food Pantry. In early March, COVID-19 halted in-person activities, especially ones related to food and food tastings.

Instead of live demonstrations, the volunteers developed 14 different fruit and vegetable fact sheets for distribution in the fresh produce boxes at pantries. These flyers featured the selection, storing, and cooking of each produce item along with a tested recipe. The EMFVs tested each of the recipes in their home kitchen before including them on the fact sheet. EMFVs designed the fact sheets and N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Brunswick County Center has them for future use and distribution to other organizations. We have also shared them with other county Extension offices that may need them to further their outreach in the community.

With the financial support of the Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC), over 400 of each fact sheet was distributed during 2020 through the two participating pantries and five additional pantry locations. Not only did these fact sheets provide information on fresh produce to the pantry goers, but they also helped to start and maintain relationships between the pantry staff, Extension staff, BWC, and the EMFV. The EMFV goal is to develop more flyers in 2021 and to reach out to these pantries in the future with plans for in-person programming.

Contact Meghan Lassiter, for more information on having these fact sheets printed for your food pantry or other organization and how to become an Extension Master Food Volunteer!