Store tours teach how to shop healthfully on a limited budget


By Katie Dittelberger

Special to The PREVIEW

Cooking Matters will be offering free grocery store tours on Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs City Market, beginning every half-hour, with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.

Tours last about an hour and include interactive discussions regarding how to become a “food detective” when reading food labels, ways to purchase fruits and veggies on a budget, unit pricing and more. These tours, dubbed “Cooking Matters at the Store” tours, help show families how to shop healthfully on a limited budget. Parents of young children are particularly encouraged to attend, and we’ll have kid-friendly recipes available.

All participants receive a free $10 gift card to the grocery store, a booklet with tips and recipes, a reusable bag, seasonal recipes and great information about how to find hot deals at the store this winter. Bring a guest to the event and win a door prize.

For more information, please contact Katie Dittelberger at 300-3055 or e-mail

About Cooking Matters

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® developed a store tour curriculum based on research showing that careful food shopping practices, such as price comparison and nutrition label use, are associated with measures of better dietary quality. The program aims to promote real changes to food shopping habits by creating a dynamic learning experience for participants.

For more information about Cooking Matters at the Store, visit

Cooking Matters in southwest Colorado is a local chapter of the nationwide program, covering Montezuma, Archuleta and La Plata counties helping local, low-income families shop, prepare for and eat healthy affordable meals. The Durango office is located at 862 Main Ave., office 223.