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ODB Life Skills Seminar participants discuss produce options with ODB Project Bridge Manager Sally Meyer (center).

ODB Life Skills Seminar participants discuss produce options with ODB Project Bridge Manager Sally Meyer (center). Photo courtesy of Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread's Project BRIDGE Program held a “Life Skills” Seminar on Saturday, July 12, with a focus on nutrition. Several of the organization’s Project BRIDGE, Mentoring and Food clients met at Our Daily Bread’s office and talked with Virginia Agricultural Extension Agent Kathryn Strong, an Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences with Virginia Cooperative Extension, about healthy eating. Strong shared 10 tips to eating better on a budget and 10 tips to add more vegetables to daily diets.

Participants made peach salsa with fresh peaches that Project BRIDGE manager Sally Meyer purchased earlier in the week. Participants helped prepare the ingredients, which included peaches, peppers, cilantro and onions, and then sampled the salsa.

Following the classroom session, participants walked across the street to the City of Fairfax Community Farmers’ Market, where the clients used their Our Daily Veggie vouchers at two of the Kuhn Orchards and Garner’s Produce farm stands. Both vendors are in their fifth year of accepting the vouchers at this and other Fairfax area markets to allow Our Daily Bread clients to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the farmers market season.

Our Daily Bread’s Project BRIDGE Program began in the fall of 2012, and to date two clients have graduated from the program. More information about Project BRIDGE, Our Daily Veggies and Our Daily Bread’s other services is available at: www.ODBFairfax.org.