The Food Trust's Online Learning Hub

A weekly one-stop shop for teachers, caregivers, families and individuals looking to eat healthy and get active!

For over two decades, The Food Trust's expert team of nutrition educators and farm to school specialists have taught the importance of good nutrition and physical activity to children, caregivers, teachers and individuals. In addition to working directly in schools across the region, we also teach cooking and nutrition education to adults in a variety of community settings like libraries, churches, YMCAs and rec centers. 

Now, more than ever, we know how important it is to eat healthy and stay active, so we're taking our work online! 

With schools and community sites closed, we have shifted to an entirely virtual learning model. This Online Learning Hub serves as a resource center for caregivers, families, educators and individuals, and includes original video content, healthy recipes, recommended physical activities, cooking demonstrations, shopping tips and more. The site is updated every Monday morning with fresh content to help you keep your family active and nourished during these challenging times.

Have an idea for content you'd like to see on this site?

this week's featured item: Strawberries!

This week we are featuring strawberries! Now that it's warm outside, there's nothing better to cool you off than a yummy strawberry smoothie, like this one from our friends at eatfresh.org. Enjoy this healthy beverage for breakfast or as a quick snack. Buy strawberries from your local farmers market and see for yourself just how sweet they are.

Cooking Tip: Freeze the strawberries and banana beforehand and forget about the ice.

How to choose the best strawberries: When shopping at your local grocery store or farmers market, be sure to look for local strawberries with fresh green leaves and firm, shiny red berries. Store your strawberries in the refrigerator, but don't wash them until just before you're ready to eat.

Looking for more produce tips? USDA SNAP-Ed's produce guide has all the recipe ideas, shopping tips, gardening instructions and nutrition information you need. This week's guide highlights all things strawberries, a delicious treat that comes around every Spring and Summer and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Get in the Garden: Seed Catalog Crafts!

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Do you have old seed catalogs laying around? Use them up with these fun activity and craft ideas from KidsGardening. If you don't have seed catalogues, you can request some for free! Kids will love making collages with the colorful pictures, creating seed labels, conducting seed germination experiments and planning next year's garden.

Keep on crafting with this week's gardening video of the week from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. They'll teach you how to make your own natural dyes from kitchen scraps, which you can use to dye anything from your favorite t-shirt to a pair of old socks!

Get Moving: Yoga time!

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Namaste! Join Cosmic Kids Yoga for a fun under-the-sea adventure while learning to stretch and work your muscles. 

When you're finished, turn your house into a gym and get a workout in with some basic household items - like a laundry basket!

Pick of the week: Harvest 2020

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society recently launched their initiative to combat food insecurity in Philadelphia: Harvest 2020. Through this program, you can sign up to donate your extra garden-grown produce to your community. 

"PHS is asking our powerful community to dig in and plant more food crops this year with extra to share. Our goal is to mobilize 100,000 people to grow and share 5 million pounds of fresh produce – for ourselves, our families, our communities and local food pantries."

Check out their website and toolkit to see how you can get involved!

Shopping Tip of the Week!

Want to add more fruit to your diet? Check out these 10 tips from Choose MyPlate on how to more fruit to your day. Fruits are great sources of important nutrients like potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folate. Focus on whole fruits - fresh, frozen, canned, or dried instead of juices.

Did you know? The sugar naturally found in fruit does not count as added sugar!

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This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the PA Department of Human Services (DHS). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Resource: Online Learning Hub Archive

Looking for a recipe or a fun video from a previous week? We have you covered. Click here to access our online learning archive to find what you're looking for.

Resource: Healthy Food Incentives at Your Local Grocery Store 

Do you have an ACCESS card and shop at Fresh Grocer? Did you know there are certain locations (listed below") where you can receive $2 off fresh produce for every $5 spent on fresh produce? Click HERE for more info!

Participating stores:

Fresh Grocer, 3021 Grays Ferry Ave.
Fresh Grocer, 1501 N. Broad St.
Fresh Grocer, 5301 Chew Ave.
Fresh Grocer, 5601 Chestnut St.
Cousins Fresh Market, 5704 Baltimore Ave.

Plus, there are so many ways to stretch your dollar while at the grocery store. Check out these 10 easy tips to save!

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Resource: Food Access in Your Neighborhood

Find healthy food in your neighborhood with these food access resources below:

William Penn SD - School Meal distribution

Meal Distribution Sites-Philadelphia

Free Food Resources-Philadelphia

Food Emergency in Norristown

Reading Meal distribution

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Resource: Farmers Markets Remaining Open to the Public

Farmers markets are essential retail businesses and will remain open during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit individual market pages below for information on individual farmers' pre-order and pre-purchase processes, as well as weekly cancellations and other updates.

Clark Park- Saturdays

Fitler Square- Saturdays

Headhouse- Sundays

Fairmount- Thursdays

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Resource: Farm to Early Childhood Blog Series

Early childcare centers across the region are prioritizing children's health from a young age. Check out these stories of how daycares, preschools and other early learning sites have adapted their programming to incorporate more healthy practices into kids' daily routine.

Family Engagement & Community Resources at Lancaster Early Education Center

Brown's Family Child Care Focuses on Fiber

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