UMaine Extension offering free cooking and nutrition class series for Aroostook County residents in July

3 weeks ago

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program will offer a free, multi-session nutrition education program to pregnant moms, parents, guardians and young adults in Aroostook County in July.

The program will be offered three times. The first multi-session series began from 10-11 a.m. starting June 26 and continues weekly through the summer at the Caribou Parks and Rec Maintenance Shop at 903 Main St. in Caribou. The second will be held from 10-11 a.m. July 1, 3, 8 and 10 at the St. John Valley Technology Center, 431 U.S. Route 1 in Frenchville. The third is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. July 23, 24, 30 and 31 at the Saint Francis Community Center, 857 Main St. in St. Francis.  

Sessions will explore various topics, including how to involve kids in the kitchen, meal planning, smart shopping, food safety and cooking techniques that maximize nutrition while minimizing costs. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on cooking activities, where they will learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious recipes using affordable ingredients. The program will also provide free cooking tools, a $10 Hannaford gift card and food samples to participants who complete all four classes. The class series is kid-friendly, and parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring their children with them.

This class is a collaborative effort between UMaine Extension and Cooking Matters, which share a common goal of promoting healthy eating habits and enhancing food preparation skills. 

Registration is required. Space is limited to eight adult participants. To register or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Laurie Colton at or 207-249-4688.For information about other classes offered through EFNEP, visit its website ( or email