Community Kitchen Classes
A licensed and properly equipped community kitchen featuring programming for the promotion of culinary education, shared meal preparation, and value-added production. The Community Kitchen Class at Memphis Tilth HQ in partnership with Advance Memphis and funded by the Tennessee Department of Health, Project Diabetes Grant. The Community Kitchen Class elective will improve awareness of healthy eating practices to further encourage the purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Goals of our Community Kitchen classes are to reduce the incidence of overweight, obesity, pre-diabetes and/or diabetes in TN, increase access to healthy food options, increase affordability of healthy food options and increase awareness of healthy eating practices.
AARP Foundation Fresh Savings
Memphis Tilth oversees the Food Access and Affordability Program, through the AARP Fresh Savings project in partnership with the Wholesome Wave Foundation.
Double Green$ was initiated in 2011, to enhance access to fresh, locally grown produce in low-income food insecure communities by providing a dollar- for-dollar match for SNAP/EBT dollars (formerly known as “food stamps”) at Memphis Area Farmers Markets. SNAP recipients that use their SNAP EBT cards at local farmer’s markets have their benefits matched up to $10 per customer per week. Not only does this make fresh, healthy produce more affordable for low-income Memphians, but it also builds the capacity of farmers in the Mid-South to continue to produce healthy, fresh food for our region. In 2011, this program began at two local farmer’s markets, the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market and the South Memphis Farmers Market, and has since expanded to the Church Health Center/MIFA Farmers Market, Overton Park Community Farmers Market, and the Memphis Farmers Market.
Beginning with a modest return of $3,000 spent on doubling incentives, the program provided nearly $10,000 worth of benefits in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, GrowMemphis and the Double Green$ program partnered with the AARP Foundation and Wholesome Wave Foundation as a sub-grantee for the Fresh Savings Program, providing funding and resources through the federal FINI grant for farmer’s market nutrition incentives for SNAP/EBT participants.
AARP Foundation’s Fresh Savings project is a healthy eating incentive program funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture and United Health Care. Fresh Savings tokens are good for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables available at four farmers markets in the city of Memphis and will double a shopper’s SNAP/EBT purchases, up to $20 per transaction.
Garden and Kitchen Elective:
A Strategic Partnership with Advance Memphis
The purpose of the elective is to:
Promote physical activity by engaging the St. Paul garden and garden activities
Enhance the physical and built environment through the care and cultivation of the St. Paul garden
Encourage practices that recognize and reduce overconsumption of unhealthy food and beverage options and to make healthy food and beverage options more readily available
Increase participant knowledge and confidence in engaging and performing garden/growing-related activities
Increase familiarity and recognition of local fruits and vegetables through exposure
Empower participants with the confidence to prepare food for the purpose of increased fruit and vegetable intake