Monday, June 30, 2014

Fare & Square Announces Free Healthy Shopping Tours in July

Members will learn how to shop for healthier ingredients to prepare more
nutritious foods on a budget

Fare & Square, the nonprofit grocery store, has partnered with the Food Trust to offer Fare & Square members free Healthy Shopping Tours aimed at teaching shoppers how to cook healthier meals on a budget.  The tours will be held every Tuesday in July, beginning on July 1st to help promote healthier meal choices.  

A nutritionist from The Food Trust will give the tour and provide tips on eating healthier and making more nutritious recipes from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. every Tuesday in the month of July.  Participants will learn how to:

Eat healthier on a budget
Stretch ingredients to prepare more healthy meal choices
Buy quality and healthier ingredients at low cost
Cook healthier foods through healthy recipes, which include in-store tastings of a recipe weekly

Members that participate in the tour will receive a Fare & Square coupon as an incentive to purchase healthier ingredients to prepare more nutritious and affordable meals at home. For more information please visit or call 484-483-2500.

The following recipes will be shared during the month of July:
Week 1:  Theme- Produce (Recipe – Easy Fruit Salad)
Week 2: Theme- Canned Produce (Recipe – Confetti Bean Salsa with whole grain tortilla chips)
Week 3: Theme- Grains (Recipe – whole wheat quesadillas)
Week 4: Theme- Dairy (Recipe – yogurt parfaits)
Week 5: Theme- Protein (Recipe – Hummus dip)

The west side of Chester was a food desert until Philabundance opened Fare & square on September 28, 2013.   There are more than 34,000 residents in Chester and more than half earn less than 200% of the poverty level according to the American Community Survey, 2008-2010 estimates.   People living below the poverty line generally don't consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day.  Many of these adults are also overweight or obese and many suffer from other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.  

The Food Trust offers nutrition education and free, healthy two-hour cooking workshops for adults at over 150 sites including libraries, churches, YMCAs, schools and community sites in Philadelphia, Norristown, Lansdowne, Chester, Reading and Allentown and after-school  and summer programs for youth in recreation centers, churches and community sites. These SNAP-Ed funded cooking and nutrition education workshops, a component of Project P.E.A.C.H. (People Eating and Cooking Healthy), empower adults and youth living in lower-income communities with the tools and knowledge needed to make healthier eating choices on a limited budget and lead more physically active lifestyles.

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