Holding up a loaf that proclaimed itself whole wheat bread, the group’s leader, Kristine Perez-Carrion, read the first ingredient aloud: “Unbleached enriched flour.”
The store tour on Tuesday, organized by FLIPANY, short for Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth, comes just as first lady Michelle Obama has begun pushing home cooking as part of her Let’s Move! campaign to fight obesity.
For six years, the Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit has been evangelizing healthy shopping and cooking tips in the so-called food deserts — areas where fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to find — of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. While the Affordable Care Act handed out grants for projects to bring more supermarkets into poor communities, FLIPANY’s leaders have tried to teach people how to cook healthy, affordable meals at home. Schedules for the free classes vary and can be found on the organization’s website. FLIPANY also trains groups to lead classes in their communities.
At the Winn-Dixie, store manager Ron Daniels said, “A lot of the time I see single moms ringing up $100 and $200 worth of groceries at the register with not a single wholesome meal in the purchase, that’s why I support this program.” Read more.