The University of Illinois Extension has launched Eat Move Save, a new resource website to help residents find fresh and budget-friendly foods in their communities.
The site also provides tips on how to stay physically active without a pricey gym membership.
But the featured tool is a new interactive Community Food Map that illustrates geographically where to find food pantries, grocery stores, school & summer feeding sites, farmers markets, and other food service resources. You might be surprised to discover new resources right in your neighborhood!
Additionally the site includes a Foods Grown in Illinois page to help you determine which food items are grown locally and in season. Savvy shoppers know that seasonally grown foods can usually be purchased at a discount. These foods have the added benefit of being harvested close to their peak ripeness, which best preserves flavor and nutritional content.
Want to learn how to prepare meals with dry beans or different ways to use an avocado? Then you should check out the short video clips on the site’s Eating Tips page. You’ll find other food tips and recipes there.
To ensure that you’re limiting the risks of food-borne illnesses the site includes Food Safety guidelines and resources. Perhaps you’re grilling out and you’d like to know the correct temperature to cook ground beef or chicken.
And if you have leftovers you can find some simple tips for safely storing and enjoying them.
This initiative is grant funded through the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
Map Directory Link: https://eat-move-save.extension.illinois.edu/#find-food-il
SOURCE: University of Illinois Extension news release, Kane County Development & Community Services Department, Growing For Kane Program