CUMBERLAND — Each September, the Giant Co. celebrates National Family Meals Month to shine a light on the importance of sharing meals together. A team of nutritionists is ready to inspire families with simple and affordable recipes in the kitchen so they can spend more time where it matters — around the table.

The company is giving away three pantry makeover experiences worth up to $150 each. Participants who attend the free virtual nutrition classes throughout September qualify for one sweepstakes entry per each class. For more details, visit thegiantcompanynutritionists.eventbrite.com.

The schedule of classes includes Leisurely Lunches on Mondays at noon and Family Meals at 5 every Tuesday at 5 p.m. Prep along with the nutritionists Thursdays at 7 p.m. for a lunchbox that is ready to go for the next day. “Kitchen Gadgets for Good Habits” is hosted every Thursday at noon to talk about how to tackle trendy kitchen tools.

The Giant Company nutritionists will feature affordable recipes to raise awareness through a Hunger Action virtual class schedule on Tuesdays at noon: Sept. 7, Food Insecurity; Sept. 14, Pay it Forward; Sept. 21, Eating Healthy on a Budget; and Sept. 28, $6 Meal Inspiration.

The nutritionists will take a virtual trip around the world in October. On Mondays at 10:30 a.m., mini chefs ages 6 and younger will enjoy a story and create snacks from apple cinnamon sushi rolls inspired by Japan to Egyptian pizza mummies and Antarctica banana penguins. Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., junior chefs ages 7 to 18 can try their hand at South African crunchies, Chinese veggie stir fry, Italian linguine al pesto or Mexican Day of the Dead mini fruit flan.

Families can also come together in the kitchen with Family Baking Saturdays at 10 a.m. with easy recipes inspired from countries around the world. Also in October, experience the nutritionists’ virtual Oktoberfest series at 7 p.m.: Oct. 7, Intro to Beer & Food Pairing; Oct. 14, Bratwurst with Red Cabbage; Oct. 21, Quick Puff Pastry Apple Strudel; and Oct. 28, Oktoberfest German Beer Cheese Spread.

Classes are free but registration is required at thegiantcompanynutritionists.eventbrite.com.

Debbie Meyer is a Copy Editor for the Cumberland Times-News.

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