GUM clients get a taste of food pantry recipes

Bisquick, canned pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon — turns out, those simple ingredients commonly found in Greensboro Urban Ministry’s food pantry make some great pumpkin muffins.

Last week, interns from the Guilford County Health and Human Services Department made those tasty treats and another rice dish for our clients to try out as the GUM guests waited for Urban Ministry services. The interns, Angela Bartz and Katie Treece, also provided detailed instructions – both written and pictorial – for residents to take with them, so they can recreate the dishes at home.

Bartz and Treece – both master’s students in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Public Health and Nutrition program – chose ingredients based on GUM client feedback.

Clients have said: ‘I don’t like the taste of pumpkin or black beans,’” said Tyra Clymer, director of GUM’s Emergency Assistance Program. “We get large donations of black beans and canned pumpkin and by helping our clients come up with tastier ways to prepare these items, it may spark their interest in trying again.”