Free Plant-Based Cooking Classes at Church of Southwest Fresno in October

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The sound of sizzling stoves will soon fill the kitchen of Fresno Westside Seventh-day Adventist Church.

It organizes free cooking classes throughout October. Meals are plant-based and focus on affordability, from tofu scrambles to vegetable juices.

Vandy Anderman is the church coordinator and plans to attend all six free sessions.

“One of the things I’m really interested in is that it’s healthier and I need healthier food. So I want to take a look and see what’s available,” says Vandy.

Ella Rupert is one of the cooking teachers.

She was on dialysis from 2015 to 2021, received a kidney transplant earlier this year and is trying to control her diabetes.

She started following a plant-based diet three months ago and has lost 20 pounds.

“I feel better. I’m doing more things than I used to. And I love life and I want everyone to know that and do what I do,” Ella says.

Cooking classes will be offered in several languages, including Spanish.

Sheree Ozaeta is one of the translators and is also a mental health advocate.

Sheree says, “Diet impacts your family dynamics and your relationships. Certain foods will make you more irritable. Certain people and certain foods will help you be a little calmer.”

Razonda Munyaradzi will help interpret the sign language class.

It welcomes anyone wishing to join.

“Even better than a certificate you will have a changed life.” said Razonda.

Free plant-based, vegan/vegetarian cooking classes begin this Tuesday, October 4 from 6-7 p.m. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday until October 20. For more information and registration details, you can contact the church by calling 559-233-3648.

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