September 12th, 2017
CFGP awarded $2,000 to the Montgomery County Family Service Center in support of a newly-established nutrition education program. The program, called Martha's Choice "Shop n' Chop," will be conducted through the Center's on-site food pantry, Martha's Choice Marketplace.
The "Shop n' Chop" program will facilitate nutrition education in an emergency food environment using a "Train the Trainer" technique with peer mentors. Because these mentors will be fellow community members, they face similar challenges as those benefiting from the program. Evidence shows that community health employees who offer peer support can help individuals meet basic health needs, especially those difficult to engage, such as low income, minority or other socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals.
The Montgomery County Family Service Center has also partnered with Villanova University's Center for Obesity Prevention Education (COPE) to bring this program to life. Together, the Center and COPE will provide an educational foundation for selecting and preparing healthy meals.