A nutritionist from the University of Missouri Extension will demonstrate how to prepare a one-pot meal on a tight budget using healthy ingredients on March 22 and March 23 at two Metro Transit locations. The food demonstrations are part of the Link Market food kiosk program’s focus on nutrition and healthy eating. Weather permitting, the demonstrations will take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 22 at the North Hanley Transit Center and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 23 at the Wellston Transit Center. The North Hanley Transit Center is located in Berkeley at 4398 Hanley Road, and the Wellston Transit Center is located at 6402 Plymouth Avenue in Wellston.
The cooking demonstrations, which are scheduled every month, offer transit riders, nearby residents and others ideas on how they can use fresh, healthy ingredients to prepare and cook nutritious dishes for their families using fruits, vegetables and other foods available for purchase at the Link Market. This month, nutritionists will prepare one-pot spaghetti, and free samples and copies of the recipe will be available during the demonstrations.
The Link Market food kiosk pilot program is the result of a partnership between the Bi-State Development Research Institute, Metro Transit and the Missouri Foundation for Health, which is funding the program through a grant. Conveniently located at the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers, the food kiosks offer affordably priced fresh produce and other healthy household staples for purchase. The Link Markets are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash, credit and EBT are accepted.
Recipes from previous food demonstrations, as well as more information about the Link Market, can be found at metrostlouis.org/links2life.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 83 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.