Fare & Square, the nonprofit grocery store in Chester, 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 July 1st to help promote healthier meal choices.

A Food Trust nutritionist will give the tour and guided tips on eating healthier and making more nutritious recipes from 2 to 3 P.M. every Tuesday in 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 and cook healthier foods through healthy recipes, which include in-store tastings of a recipe weekly.

Members participating will receive a store coupon as an incentive to purchase healthier ingredients to prepare more nutritious and affordable meals at home. For more information, visit http://fareandsquare.org/ or call (484) 482-2500.

The recipes shared during July include:

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 last Sept. 28th. There are more than 34,000 residents in Chester with more than half earning less than 200 percent of the federal 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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