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Hunger Action Month
September 20, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox Hunger is a big issue here in the Tri-State. That's why the Huntington Area Food Bank helps serve nearly 100,000 clients each month in 17 surrounding counties.

"One in five in the area that we serve actually go hungry or are food insecure in some way shape or form," Dr. Kelli Williams, Marshall University dietetics department chair and HAFB board member, said

The food bank distributes food through multiple agencies in the Tri-State to help those families. Even you're not one of the thousands served, we can all use tips to make every dollar count at the grocery store.

Williams advises to start with the three P's. Planning, purchase and prepare.

"Just having a plan, making a list, and sticking to your list and purchasing foods from your list, you tend to save a lot more money in the store," she said.

Use an established budget, make a list, check for sales and coupons. Don't buy groceries when you're hungry or rushed. Buy store brands if they're cheaper. Buy seasonal fresh fruits and veggies.

"If you pay attention to when foods are in season, you can often buy them for much better prices," Williams said.

Double or triple up on recipes if you can and freeze, and also incorporate leftovers for lunches or subsequent meals. You may be able to find better deals on canned or frozen fruits or vegetables.

"They are still healthy and that's an option, especially if you have limited resources or a budget and you want to still eat healthy and eat fruits and vegetables," Williams said.

September is Hunger Action Month, and the food bank is trying to educate the public on how hunger affects folks here in our area.

"It's just a time for us to try to raise awareness about this problem of food insecurity both locally and nationally," Williams said.

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