Super Cupboard is a nutrition education program offered in partnership with Penn State’s Cooperative Extension Service. It is a six week program provided several times each year to low income caregivers with children under the age of 18 living in their home. In addition to learning how to provide nutritious and economical meals for their families, homemakers gain other basic life skills, such as budgeting and parenting. We currently host 3-4 Super Cupboard sessions throughout the year. Penn State provides the teacher and curriculum. LUMINA provides the groceries for class instruction and for students to take home and cook themselves. LUMINA coordinates staffing and locations, relying heavily on local churches for volunteers and the use of church kitchens. LUMINA also awards weekly kitchen utensils to students as an incentive for regular attendance, and graduation gifts (small kitchen appliance and a cook book) for those who complete the course.
LUMINA is seeking churches willing to host a Super Cupboard and provide volunteers to help in the kitchen or with childcare during classes. Grocery cards and monetary gifts designated for Super Cupboard are also welcome. Should you wish to donate material goods instead, an up to date “wish list” of staple food items and kitchen utensils needed is available in the link below.