Food and Farms: Meals program giving away cookbooks with tips on eating cheap

  • Orange Food Pantry staffer Chris with Pantry visitor Sandi. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Meals program giving away cookbooks with tips on eating cheap

Franklin County Community Meals Program (FCCMP) was recently given 500 copies of “Good and Cheap” by best-selling cookbook author Leanne Brown. Ms Brown created the cookbook for anyone on a tight budget — particularly for those living on a food stamp budget of $4 a day.

The cookbooks are being given out at the two food pantries that FCCMP runs (at Greenfield Community College and the Orange Food Pantry) throughout the month of December. “It’s one way that we are trying to help clients provide healthy and delicious meals for their families on a very limited food budget” says FCCMP Executive Director Andrea Leibson.

Brown, while studying food policy at New York University, asked a simple yet critical question: How well can a person eat on $4 a day? The result is a beautifully designed cookbook filled with gorgeous photographs. FCCMP board member Jack Golden recently met Brown at a Hunger Task Force event at the Amherst Survival Center. After hearing her speak, he asked her for the donation.  “She said, ‘sure, I’d love to help.’ I think this is something the folks who come to our pantries, are really going to enjoy and benefit from” according to Golden.

The cookbooks are distributed at the Orange Food Pantry on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at GCC during regular pantry hours in December.

For more information, contact FCCMP Executive Director Andrea Leibson at 413-374-5551 or  fccmp.ma@gmail.com