Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline is a groundbreaking nutrition-education program that connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that show adults, teens and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways. This knowledge can mean the difference between feeding families just for one night, and making sure they never again have to worry about when their next meal will come.

With six specialized nutrition curricula, Operation Frontline takes a cooking-centered approach to nutrition and household budgeting.  Each class includes hands-on meal preparation led by a chef who teaches participants that cooking healthy foods can be simple, enjoyable, delicious, and affordable. The courses cover basic nutrition, food safety, and food budgeting so that participants are able to plan and prepare low-cost nutritious meals for themselves and their families. In addition, Operation Frontline’s adult and teen participants receive groceries at each class session so that they can practice what they learned at home.  

Operation Frontline makes seven curricula available to its local partners, including:

· Eating Right, offered in English and Spanish, teaches low-income adults about healthy meal preparation and sensible shopping on a limited budget.

· Eating Well teaches people living with HIV and AIDS and their caretakers about healthy meal preparation and sensible shopping using recipes and information specific to their special nutritional needs.

· Kids Up Front teaches children ages 8 to 12 about healthy eating and provides simple recipes children can prepare themselves.

· Power of Eating Right teaches teenagers how to make healthy food choices and prepare healthy meals and snacks.

· Side By Side brings school-age children and their families together to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime.

· Step Up to Eating Right teaches teen parents how to make healthy food choices and prepare nutritious foods for themselves and their babies.

· Saving Smart, Spending Smart teaches basic household budgeting, banking, credit, and smart shopping strategies to those with low incomes.


For more information about Operation Frontline, please visit http://www.strength.org/operation_frontline/.


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