Many communities throughout Northeast Ohio lack access to/appreciation for fresh foods.
Care-A-Van makes wellness fun by working with farmers markets, community potlucks and other food-oriented events to bring valuable resources, nutrition education, arts and crafts, book giveaways, music and more. We make the healthy choice the FUN choice!
We place a heavy emphasis on community engagement so that our work is done with, not for, the communities we serve.
We form strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, companies and groups to share resources and expertise.
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Every child should know how to garden and prepare fresh, healthy meals. Our school garden program is driven by students and supported by teachers, parents and community partners. We have built successful gardens at Artemus Ward and Iowa Maple Elementary Schools, both in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Created a garden toolkit, specifically designed for Ohio Learning Standards, for schools to utilize.
Offer consulting services to assist in creation and funding of sustainable, community-based, interactive gardening programs
Offer workshops for interested educators
Have started a youth entrepreneurship project in which students are learning how to:
create healthy value-added products
sell fresh foods at farmers markets
market and sell their products
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in partnership with Cleveland metropolitan school district
Food Strong makes healthy eating fun by bringing healthy cooking demonstrations and classes to a variety of community settings for people of all ages.
Golden Stepping Stones: a local not-for-profit organization started by a former Food Strong School Garden student, now in high school, aiming to bring resources and outreach to the less-fortunate.
Afro-Brazilian Cultural Appreciation Initiative (ABCAI): A program of local Brazilian musician Moises Borges which spreads awareness about Brazilian culture, history, music and dance through interactive workshops and performances. The goal is to bring empowering, high-quality Brazilian artistic/educational programming to underserved communities.