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Free 6-week cooking program begins today

ORANGE — The Community Health Center of Franklin County will host a free six-week cooking program beginning today to empower local families to make healthy and affordable meals.

Cooking Matters Massachusetts empowers local families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to make healthy and affordable meals through its six-week courses and one-time grocery store tours.

The Community Health Center, located on West River Street, will host this program for six consecutive sessions each Friday beginning today . This free program offers instruction from a chef showing how to prepare healthy recipes and snacks. Each participant will receive a free bag of groceries each week at the conclusion of the class.

A nutritionist, Mary Sieruta, will be on hand to answer questions during each session and facilitate a grocery store tour to learn about healthy food selections during one of the sessions.

This program will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and attendance at all classes is encouraged. The center can also assist with transportation to the West River Street location from its Greenfield offices.

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