Local residents who receive food assistance from STEAC, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee, are getting another helping hand in the kitchen: a STEAC cookbook filled with nutritious and delicious recipes.
For many years, STEAC has maintained a food closet from which volunteers prepare nutritious food packs for clients. These include canned, packaged and bottled food items, providing enough food for about five days’ worth of meals.
About six years ago, STEAC clients also began to receive fresh fruits and vegetables donated by the Davis Farmers’ Market and Davis Village Harvest.
“Many of the fresh items are familiar to our clients, but some are not,” a news release said. “Because the fresh items are perishable, the STEAC food closet began to provide recipes that would help the clients use the less familiar fruits and vegetables they might receive.”
Longtime STEAC volunteer Debra Denton saw the need for a cookbook filled with recipes that would incorporate the varied items provided by the food closet. She tested all the recipes by preparing food for her family and friends.
All STEAC clients will receive the free cookbook; it also will be offered for sale to the public at a price to cover the cost of additional printings.