What We Do: In Community Centers
Teaching adults and youth about making healthy eating decisions
Almost half of adults in Southeast Pennsylvania, many living below the poverty line, 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.
Lack of access to healthy, affordable foods and a lack of information on choosing a healthy diet are major contributors to these diet-related diseases.
The Food Trust Solution
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 the Lehigh Valley, as well as 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. Through cooking, eating together, sharing recipes and ideas for healthier eating and being physically active, participants change their shopping, preparation methods and food choices to be healthier.
Through a community-based approach to nutrition education and healthy food environments, The Food Trust’s PEACH (People Eating and Cooking Healthy) program works to improve food access and teach lifelong skills in lower-income communities, empowering SNAP-eligible individuals, families, schools and communities to live a healthy life.