AUBURN — Good Shepherd Food Bank is launching nutritionforme.org, a one-stop online resource to find simple, nutritious, and easy-to-make recipes using everyday ingredients.

Created by the food bank’s nutrition and education team, the site allows users to search through hundreds of recipes to see what they can make with items in their pantries, cupboards and refrigerators. Many of the recipes include ingredients distributed by the food bank’s network of more than 500 partner agencies.

“The food bank’s Cooking Matters program empowers individuals and families to stretch their food budgets to create healthy meals,” said Courtney Kennedy, nutrition and education manager at the food bank, according to a news release from the hunger-relief organization. “Since 1993, we have provided hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by volunteer professional chefs and nutritionists. NutritionForME.org bridges our classes and at-home cooking, when the participant has ingredients but are not sure what to make with them.”

The easy-to-follow recipes are approved by the food bank’s nutrition and education team. The site is a valuable resource for anyone looking for meal ideas, including featured seasonal dishes that rotate on the homepage. Some recipes offer demonstration videos, and all have nutritional labels to help users make the best choices possible for themselves and their family’s health. Once on the recipe page, there are options for a printer-friendly version of the recipe and sharing the recipe to social media sites.

Users interested in submitting an affordable, easy-to-make recipe can do so by clicking the Suggest a Recipe button on the site and filling out the information needed for submission.

“NutritionForMe.org is a critical resource to help increase access to healthy food in our state. We know nutrition education is essential to reducing the impact of hunger in the lives of our neighbors,” said Kristen Miale, president of the food bank. The food bank’s Campaign to End Hunger in Maine aims to ensure all Mainers have access to the nutritious food they need to thrive, when and where they need it by the year 2025.

For more information, visit nutritionforme.org or feedingmaine.org.

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