Nutrition Education for Limited Resource Communities
FRESHFARM provides SNAP-Ed nutrition education to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables and healthy foods that limited-resource children and families are eating in Washington, DC.
This project is federally funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP.
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Nutrition Education in Schools
FRESHFARM provides evidence-based food and garden education for preschool and elementary school students through FoodPrints classes at 6 DC public elementary schools through the FoodPrints model. This model:
- Engages students in gardening, cooking and eating nutritious foods, and learning academic content through a standards-based food and garden education curriculum.
- Increases student knowledge of nutrition and culinary skills.
- Promotes the development of social-emotional skills such as communication, teamwork, and self-reliance, as students work together in gardens, kitchens, and classrooms.
Nutrition Education in Early Childhood Education Centers
FRESHFARM provides food education for children aged 0 to 3 years and their families in four Washington, DC, early childhood learning centers. At these sites:
- Community Food Educators provide virtual and in-person nutrition and culinary skills education for parents and caregivers.
- Monthly “Chop It Up” family cooking nights create community around nutritious food in the childcare setting.
- Produce supplied directly from FRESHFARM’s farmers markets by our Pop Up Food Hub is used to prepare nutritious snacks or meals for young children.
- Cook Camps are held for staff and community members on topics including gardening, outdoor learning, scaling recipes, and more.
Nutrition Education at Markets
FRESHFARM supports healthy food environments through the implementation of a District-wide farmer’s market produce incentive program and supportive nutrition education. At markets throughout DC neighborhoods:
- Market Educators provide direct nutrition education in the form of tastings, cooking demonstrations, information sessions.
- Resources are provided to educate and empower shoppers in maximizing their use of benefits at market and increase access to affordable local produce through FRESHMATCH.
- Food navigation training is provided for FRESHFARM Market Managers to better support customers in utilizing market resources.
At 6 DCPS Elementary Schools
At 3 Early Childhood Education Centers
At 5 FRESHFARM markets
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