The Nutritional Outreach and Wholeness Program (NOW) of the Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc. is designed to teach the low-income consumer to improve their daily dietary practices and to effectively manage their resources through the use of budgeting skills and outreach through community resources.
The PACS NOW program provides nutrition education to Food Stamp recipients, families and individuals through programs, workshops, and in-home nutrition education. Workshop participants learn safe cooking skills, how to prepare nutritious foods, and proper food storage. Budgeting workshops teach individuals how to manage their money and resources thoughout the month teaching families the most effective way to purchase proper nutritious foods. The goal is that families will strive towared self-sufficiency by learning skills and attitudes that will lead to important behavior changes and will contribute to their own personal development and maintain nutritionally sound diets, while decreasing incidences of hunger.
The NOW program also offers programs though the school system. Children learn proper food choices, how to take care of their bodies with physical activity and exercise and personal hygiene though hand washing. This program also aids in increasing scores in the Practical Living section of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) Exam. NOW serves all 120 counties in Kentucky.
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