In Norristown, where 65 percent of school children are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs, access to fresh produce in many neighborhoods is limited. Through a unique school-based food distribution program, Greener Partners provides weekly locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables (15,000 pounds per season) and bilingual food education for up to 200 families. We also offer garden technical assistance to participating families and four Norristown community organizations whose gardens now grow hundreds of pounds of food for the community.
We partner with the Food Trust and the Common Market to provide fresh produce to school families and neighbors at Marshall Street, Hancock and Gotwals elementary schools in Norristown. Once a week from May to November, families in these neighborhoods can pick up three types of in-season produce at no cost. Our educators cook up a simple recipe that participants can taste and easily replicate at home.
At all of our distribution sites, we do much more than hand out food! We support a community of healthy eaters, cooks and gardeners with recipes, food demonstrations and garden support. At Greener Partners’ Norristown Healthy Food Project we create a space for opportunities to cook, eat, learn and grow food together.
Greener Partners in collaboration with the Common Market is bringing FREE fresh fruits and vegetables to Hancock, Gotwals and Marshall Street Elementary Schools this season!
How does it work?
- Come to Marshall Street, Gotwals or Hancock to receive your 3 free items along with recipes and cooking demos.
- 60 families can participate each week at each school!
- Marshall Street:Every Wed.,9-11 a.m., May 16-Nov. 14, 2018
- Gotwals: Every Thurs., 9-11 May 17- Nov. 15, 2018
- Hancock: Every Thurs., 2:00 p.m.-4 p.m. May 17-Nov. 15 2018
- The 3 items depend on the season and what the farmers harvest. How much food is an ‘item’? Examples include: 1 bunch of carrots, 2 lbs. of potatoes, a bunch of collards or kale, or a ⅓ lb. bag of lettuce.
First come, first served.
¡Greener Partners en colaboración con Common Market traen vegetales y frutas GRATIS a las Escuelas Primarias de Hancock, Gotwals y Marshall Street!
- Venga a las Escuelas Primarias de Marshall, Gotwals o Hancock para recibir sus 3 alimentos gratis con recetas y talleres de cocina.
- ¡60 familias pueden participar cada semana a cada escuela!
- Marshall Street: Cada Miercoles, 9-11 a.m., 16 de Mayo-14 de Nov., 2018
- Gotwals: Cada Jueves, de 9-11 a.m. desde el 17 de Mayo – 15 de Nov.,2018
- Hancock:Cada Jueves, de 2-4 p.m. desde el 17 de Mayo- 15 de Nov. 2018
- Los 3 alimentos dependen de la estación y lo que cosechan los agricultores¿Cuánta comida es un “alimento”? Ejemplos incluyen 1 manojo de zanahorias, 2 libras de papas, un manojo de berza o col rizada, o una bolsa de lechuga de 1/3 de libra.