“Click ’N Cook was originally created to help provide economical recipes and practical cooking tips to the more than 140,000 people in need we serve every month,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of GBFB. “As the site has grown to hundreds of recipes, it has become a valuable resource for anyone looking for ideas for healthy, affordable and delicious meals.”
Click ’N Cook offers more than 500 recipes; each has been evaluated by GBFB’s registered dietitians, and nutrition values appear in a recipe facts box accompanying each meal. The site also includes a “Healthy Tips” blog offering nutrition guidance, preparation suggestions, ingredient substitutions and more. To find recipes quickly and easily, visitors can enter up to three primary ingredients in the site’s search bar; filter by category such as high fiber, low cholesterol or vegetarian; and select cooking method such as oven, microwave or slow cooker.
In addition to launching ClickNCook.org, GBFB kicked off a $2 million spring fundraising campaign, “Give Meals. Give Hope.”, to provide six million healthy meals to eastern Massachusetts families in need. Sponsored by lead partners Stop & Shop, a GBFB Cornerstone Circle member and partner for more than 30 years, and Citizens Bank, a GBFB President’s Circle member and partner for nearly 20 years, the six-week campaign ending April 15 encourages co-workers, friends and families to form teams as a fun way to challenge one another to achieve a fundraising goal. A $50 donation provides 150 nutritious meals for those in need.
In related news, Chris Flynn, president of the Massachusetts Food Association, and Chip O’Hare, chairman and CEO of JOH, have announced plans to sponsor GBFB’s annual festival on April 26 at GBFB’s distribution center. The event hopes to unite leaders in the broader community to support the food bank’s mission to end hunger across eastern Massachusetts. Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop New England, is the festival chair.