Care-A-Van is a food-focused program that provides a variety of resources to those in need while fostering excitement over fresh, local foods. Care-A-Van provides nutrition education, arts and crafts, books, music, health screenings, food demonstrations, community resources, and much more at the events we partner with. We bring our Care-A-Van events to a variety of community settings such as farmers markets, community potlucks, arts festivals, and school events.
Summer 2020: Care-A-Van is being offered the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10am-1pm at the Coit Road Farmers Market.
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Care Strong Project events focus on offering free health screenings, education, and information to those who are less fortunate. Screenings are made possible by our partners: University Hospitals Department of Family Medicine and the Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program.
Summer 2020: Throughout the summer, we are making monthly visits to the Salvation Army in East Cleveland to provide them with these resources. Every person screened received coupons to spend on fresh produce at the nearby Coit Road Farmers Market.
In 2016, Food Strong Founder Sara Continenza began to work closely with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to build a School Garden toolkit and curriculum based on Ohio's Learning Standards. Food Strong has since guided students at 2 CMSD schools through the design, planting, maintenance and harvest of onsite fresh food and flower gardens. A large emphasis is placed on STEM learning, entrepreneurship, environmentalism, art and community development. We have also partnered with local artists to guide our students through the design and creation of food focused murals to spread awareness while beautifying our communities. The mural project was funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Food Strong also operates a Learning Garden at the urban farm at the Coit Road Farmers Market which serves as an onsite location where various educational programs can be hosted. The Learning Garden was our response to the pandemic and consequent school closures, giving us the opportunity to bring together small groups of learners in a safe, outdoor environment. Neighborhood Connections COVID Response dollars are supporting this endeavor. We recently acquired a new shipping container for storage through crowdfunding support through ioby.com and Molina Healthcare. Through an MLK Day grant from ServeOhio, we created a community-driven mural to decorate our Learning Garden. Our students regularly practice selling their produce at farmers markets in order to gain business skills. We continue to expand our entrepreneurship programming.
Please contact us if you are interested in bringing a garden program to your school or facility, or if you would like to organize a field trip for your students. We offer both in-person and virtual classes.
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Food Strong is available to provide your organization affordable, healthy cooking classes. We create interactive learning experiences for a variety of learners, targeted specifically to the needs and goals of the population served. We are now offering virtual learning sessions, as well. Let's make nutritious eating the FUN choice!
WAYS YOU CAN DONATE
Food Strong organizes regular cleanup events at the Coit Road Farmers Market where volunteers can get involved in helping to beautify the space and work on our Learning Garden. We serve refreshments and always have PPE ready for anyone who needs it. Click on our Calendar for dates, and visit our Facebook event page for more information. Sign up to volunteer here.
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Food Strong works very closely to support, enhance, and even initiate farmers' markets. Food Strong brings a variety of programs and support to the Coit Road Farmers' Market (located at 15000 Woodworth Rd., East Cleveland from 8am-1pm on Saturdays, year round, and on Wednesdays from June-October). We serve as the official nonprofit partner and beneficiary of the new Flats East Bank Farmers' Market (held in the Flats on the Cuyahoga River on Wednesdays 4-8pm, June -October). We have also launched our own farmers' market in partnership with the City of South Euclid (held at the corner of Mayfield and Green Roads in downtown South Euclid, Thursdays 4-8pm, June-October). These markets are a great opportunity for us to support fresh food access while offering our youth exposure to a variety of entrepreneurial settings in which they can practice their workforce development skills.