Farm to Community
CHW residents in Poway are benefiting from local resources that bring healthy foods and classes straight to their community.
Backyard Produce Project
Our communities of Poway Villas and Park View Terrace receive fresh fruits and vegetables on a monthly basis from Backyard Produce Project. The Backyard Produce Project, a Palomar Health Community Action Council endeavor, started in 2009 with the idea to bring fresh produce to families in the area who would benefit from them. The project collects unwanted fruit from some of the thousands of fruit trees in people’s yards and donates it to families. The program now has weekly and monthly donation sites in Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Rancho Penasquitos.
Free Farmer’s Markets
Our residents also benefit from monthly Free Farmer’s Markets through the efforts of Becky Palenske, Director of Local Family Support, at Friends and Family Community Connection. Poway’s local Trader Joe’s and Wal-Mart support the Free Farmer’s Markets by donating food. Volunteers collect donations and deliver them to CHW’s apartment communities. The donations are arranged in the community room in a way that resembles a local artisan’s market and the residents are invited to shop for what they need. Friends and Family Community Connection delivers to over 500 local families each month with food resources.
Free Nutrition Classes
With all that healthy food, nutrition classes are also made available to help people learn how to make simple, nutritious meals and snacks that taste great! CHW’s communities have been hosting free nutrition classes for seniors offered by Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank Nutrition and Education & Wellness Program. Each series involves a fun-filled six-week course tailored to seniors’ fitness, health, and nutrition. Our residents learn to make simple, healthy meals and snacks that taste great. They learn how to eat healthy on a budget, are introduced to simple ways to exercise in the comfort of their home, and receive tips on how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Everyone who attends the series receives free recipe cards and a bag of fresh produce at every class.