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4-H cookbook project benefits food bank families

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The Grass Valley 4-H Club has released its cookbook of healthy, family-friendly recipes that focus on the whole grains regularly offered through the Nevada County Food Bank.

The project began as a Revolution of Responsibility grant through the California 4-H Foundation, which encouraged local 4-H clubs to work to develop a project to benefit their community. The Grass Valley 4-H Club's community service project is the Nevada County Food Bank.

After working at the Food Bank, club members recognized that many whole-grain food products were not taken by families because they didn't know how to cook things like quinoa and forbidden rice — yet these whole grains have exceptional nutritional value. The 4-H club met with the Food Bank to develop the project. A few weeks later, local Girl Scout Eden Baker approached them with the same idea.

In true community fashion, the two groups quickly came together to collaborate on the project. A grant of $1,000 was awarded to help cover the costs of printing with additional funding provided by the Grass Valley 4-H club and an in-kind donation from The Real Graphic Source.

Featuring more than 100 recipes from local cooks, the cookbook is available for a donation of $10 through Tess' Kitchen Store or the Nevada County 4-H office in Grass Valley. Families utilizing the Nevada County Food Bank may pick up their copy at the Food Bank at no cost.

"We provided tastings of some of the recipes in the cookbook at Tess' Kitchen Store during their holiday open house. Virtually everyone who tried the recipes bought a cookbook. Who can resist triple-chocolate brownies with black beans?" said Grass Valley 4-H Club Community Co-Leader Joanne Drummond. "It was a great way to help out needy families. We hope the community will purchase the cookbook to help those in need."

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Visit http://ucanr.org/sites/nevadacounty4h/ or http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/ to learn more about the 4-H program or Girl Scouts.

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