Independence Day

Independence day is about the U.S.’s independence from foreign rule – separation of the original thirteen colonies from Great Britain.  The Fourth of July can also be about your own independence:  Shopping at grocery stores and farmers markets of your choice because you have SNAP benefits to shop where you […]

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Finding Ways to Add Fruits and Juices to your Breakfast

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  To eat right is important: Our bodies are coming off 6 to 8 hours of fasting while we were asleep so it’s time to catch up, time to “break the fast” If we fuel our bodies, we […]

Memorial Day – remembering, getting together with friends and family

By Leslie Gernon Memorial day is a day to remember those who have given their lives for our country; and, it serves as one of the bookends for summer (with Labor Day in September being the other bookend).  Coming together with friends or family for a picnic or a backyard […]

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Stocking up on canned vegetables, lets you easily add color, texture and nutrition to your dishes

Many of my meals can be considered assemblies more so than recipes – rather than cooking from directions, I’m throwing together a meal from what I already have on hand in my pantry and fridge – but it has to be healthy, interesting and tasty. And, I refuse to make […]

Buying an Easter ham, eggs (and mayo), and a chocolate Easter bunny would be easier if you had an extra $16

Family traditions and get-togethers can make for an enjoyable Easter.  In my household, regardless of one’s age, we have a hardboiled egg-smashing contest, an Easter egg hunt with egg-by-egg clues until reaching a sugary prize at the very end, and my personal stash of Jelly Belly jellybeans. Many families come […]

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Some vegetables remain affordable throughout the year – regardless of the growing season

No matter what time of year it is, or which growing season, there are some vegetables that are always affordable.  During the summer and fall months, grocery stores have produce bins that are overflowing with locally-grown, in-season produce.  During the winter months, many of these same bins are empty or […]

$16 in SNAP benefits may not sound like much, but it could make for a special Valentines Day

Our grocery budgets usually cover day-to-day meals, often with little left over for special treats or special days – like Valentines Day.  So what would it look like if you had $16 in SNAP benefits to spend for this month, for this special day? Wouldn’t it be fun to stay-in […]

More In My Basket outreach shows how $16/month can make a difference

Cooperative Extension agents in 55 North Carolina (NC) counties are providing outreach on Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits – the NC name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  Participants attending these events are amazed at how even $16 in benefits (the minimum amount for one and […]