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Fare & Square Announces Free Healthy Shopping Tours in July

Chester, Pa – June 25, 2014- 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 http://fareandsquare.org/ 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.

About Fare & Square

Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, is bringing Fare & Square, a nonprofit grocery store, to the City of Chester in the summer of 2013. Fare & Square provides Chester residents convenient, reliable access to “good food right around the corner” with a focus on food staples like fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood, and frozen foods. The store is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Fare & Square will help stretch customers dollars by accepting SNAP benefits coupled with everyday low pricing and a percentage off of future purchases for eligible customers. The west end of the City of Chester was one of 35 USDA determined food deserts in the Delaware Valley until Philabundance opened Fare & Square on September 28, 2013.   Philabundance hopes to replicate this model in other communities that need it. For more information, visit www.FareandSquare.org or call 215-339-0900.

About Food Trust

The Food Trust, a nonprofit founded in 1992, strives to make healthy food available to all. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, The Food Trust has developed a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. To learn more about The Food Trust, visit thefoodtrust.org.

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