|Partnership created to offer healthy food|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 20 April 2013 08:27|
FINDLAY - The RIDGE Project has announced a strategic partnership with Fresh Encounter, a regional grocery store chain, to better connect the community with a local food source, while offering quality produce.
The RIDGE Project has recently expanded its Farm-to-Plate program to include a Community Supported Agriculture Program. Produce will be planted and grown locally and naturally in hoop houses managed by participants in our program, providing the community locally grown produce versus buying and shipping produce over long distances.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity in working with a local employer to offer fresh, quality produce to the customers of Fresh Encounter through our CSA program," said Ron Tijerina, co-executive director of The RIDGE Project.
"Just as importantly, this partnership will take men who have an interest in a culinary arts career and train them to understand the relationship between the local farm and the consumer's plate."
Fresh Encounter recognizes the importance of offering locally grown produce and has partnered with The RIDGE Project to accomplish this goal for their customers.
Expanding the concept of "local food" is key to meeting the needs of the community through offering fresh produce.
"Fresh Encounter is proud to partner with The RIDGE Project as they create this unique CSA program," said Dick Hastings, director of Produce Operations.
"Our stores are always seeking high quality, local produce for our customers and believe that The RIDGE Project will be able to assist us in meeting that need."
The Farm-to-Plate program is part of a larger overall vision of The RIDGE Project, offering training to those men they serve, teaching them to grow, harvest, and incorporate the produce into healthy meals they are learning to cook though our Culinary Arts program.
"We are proud to partner with Fresh Encounter," said Catherine Tijerina, co-executive director of The RIDGE Project.
"We believe that this relationship is a huge win for families and communities. It will serve both the needs of the local community by offering locally-grown and fresh produce and meet the needs of those families that we serve by helping us create sustainability for our family-strengthening programs."
The goal of The RIDGE Project is to "Build a Legacy of Strong Families."
Various RIDGE programs work to change the hearts and minds of those who are incarcerated, breaking what can be a cycle of generational incarceration.
The RIDGE Project has been recognized as a federal Department of Health and Human Services "Best Practice" program, and has been identified nationally as a leader in fatherhood and prisoner re-entry efforts.
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