HOMEMADE HOPE & URBAN HARVEST
ADDRESSING FOOD INSECURITY IN HOUSTON NEIGHBORHOODS
URBAN HARVEST MOBILE MARKET
The food insecurity rate in Houston is 16.3% (Houstontx.gov), exceeding the national average of 10.5% (USDA.gov).
Homemade Hope is excited to continue its partnership with Urban Harvest! As part of our partnership with Urban Harvest’s first Mobile Market, Homemade Hope provided nutrition education services including: culturally appropriate nutrition/cooking instruction in both English and Spanish, recipe sampling to familiarize mobile market customers with the produce offerings, and distribution of recipe cards with information about selecting produce, food storage, and nutrition in both English and Spanish. This program increased healthy food access in areas with low access to food choices. We are encouraged by the positive feedback from program participants who returned weekly and showed us the ways in which they utilized the produce offerings from the market, sharing photos of their home-cooked meals.
Homemade Hope’s partnership with Urban Harvest’s mobile farmer’s market allowed our organization to expand our reach by serving communities where we previously had little to no programming. Those residing in food insecure areas often lack both access to fresh foods and the life skills necessary to prepare a healthy meal. In partnership with Urban Harvest, our collaboration addresses both needs, creating a more impactful program for those we serve.
At Trinity United Methodist Church in the Third Ward, Kale is the featured food. An instructor demonstrates how to prepare Kale Pesto.
At LBJ Hospital Community Farm, our instructors demonstrate how to utilize Sweet Potatoes in various recipes, including Sweet Potato Pancakes and Herb Roasted Sweet Potato Skins.
Where the Mobile Market Stops
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El Centro de Corazón
Trinity United Methodist Church
LBJ Hospital Community Farm
Baker Ripley East Aldine