Aroma Donates Rice Cookers

SAN DIEGO-Aroma Housewares donated 400 digital rice cookers to this city's WIC program designed to help women, infants and children eat well.

The donated digital rice cookers include a specialized brown rice function that prepares the whole grain, which can be difficult to cook on the stovetop, to perfection with just the press of a button. Brown rice became a part of the WIC food package in 2009.

"Their ease of use and convenience has encouraged our participants to eat more whole grains and try new recipes," said Ann M. Leisenring, director of the WIC program's San Diego and Imperial County Chapters. "We're very excited to be able to offer our participants a tool that reinforces healthy eating."

WIC is a USDA-funded special supplemental nutrition program providing monthly benefits to nine million recipients. San Diego's WIC program serves over 37,000 each month.

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