The Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor was established in 2009 to improve the nutritional value of meals for residents by growing fresh produce for the kitchen, as well as to provide a safe space where young residents could take part in structured gardening and nutrition activities in Garden Club. In order to have a deeper and more lasting impact on families, programming has expanded to include Hope Kitchen, a culinary program providing practical guidance for how to eat healthy while on a budget. The curriculum focuses on nutrition, developing healthy eating habits, shopping on a budget, and healthy cooking skills while engaging all family members in the process of preparing and enjoying healthy meals together.We deliver Fresh Start Kits to graduates from Hope Kitchen as they transition from Stenton Family Manor into their new homes. The Hope Garden partnership with Stenton was the first of its kind in Philadelphia, and the first production and education garden for families experiencing homelessness.
What a Fresh Start Kit looks like: