Strengthening families, one meal at a time

Family Dinners Matter

There is extensive research demonstrating the many benefits of family meals. Kids do better in school, families communicate more, there is less alcohol and drug use among teens, leading to enhanced well-being. However, the national trend is that fewer and fewer families are sharing family meals.

Beyond Food Access

In many of our urban neighborhoods, fresh, healthy and affordable food is not readily accessible. Locally, organizations are working to alleviate this problem. Placing healthy food in these low access areas is a first step, but for those who aren't familiar with these healthier options, we need to reach beyond access and provide education and support.

Sunday Suppers makes a difference

Families attending Sunday Suppers make changes in what they are eating, how they prepare food and making family meals a priority. Participants are trying new foods and are using healthier cooking techniques. And they are drinking less soda and fewer sugary beverages. Their decisions about food and nutrition benefit the entire family.

From The Blog

Black Bean, Corn & Chicken Enchilada Casserole


serves 6 Ingredients: • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast • 2 T. oil • ½ c. onions, sliced • 1 pepper, diced • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 c. black beans rinsed and drained • ½ c. salsa • ½ c. corn • 1 tsp. cumin • ½ tsp. oregano • Salt • 6 […]

Braised Chicken with tomatoes, garlic & capers


6-8 pieces of chicken (I use thighs and legs because they stay moist) olive oil 4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly or minced 1 large onion, peeled, halved and sliced thinly 1/2 cup chicken stock or water 1 ½ pounds fresh diced tomatoes or 24oz can diced tomatoes 1 Tbsp dried rosemary salt & pepper 2 […]

Vegetarian Ravioli Lasagna


serves 4-6 • Olive oil • 1 package ravioli cooked halfway • 1 jar marinara (check the label – get one with less sugar and calories) • 1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese & ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese mixed together • 2 cups of chopped vegetables (examples: zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, mushrooms) […]

Spring Supper – May 28, 2014


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Cheesy Chicken Casserole


This is an incredibly easy, fast and affordable one dish meal. It includes lean protein, fresh vegetables and whole grain pasta. Enjoy! Ingredients: • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta • 3 T. olive oil • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces • 2 c. vegetables in bite size pieces (spinach, broccoli, […]

Do you have items you can donate?


There are some things that we need for our program. Many of us have kitchen and dining items stored away that we are not using. If you have any of the items below, please email Linda at Thanks • card tables • round tables that seat 4-6 • 6-8 ounce glasses • dishtowels • […]

New Neighborhood Grocery Store Increased Awareness Of Food Access But Did Not Alter Dietary Habits Or Obesity


National and local policies to improve diet in low-income US populations include increasing physical access to grocery stores and supermarkets in underserved neighborhoods. In a pilot study that evaluated the impacts of opening a new supermarket in a Philadelphia community considered a “food desert”—part of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative—we found that the intervention […]

Carrot Soup


Ingredients: • 3 T. vegetable oil • 2 c. chopped onions • 2 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced (4 c.) • 1/2 c. diced potato • 5 c. chicken broth or vegetable broth Directions: 1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until they begin to soften (do not brown). […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Ingredients: • 3/4 pounds Brussels Sprouts • 1 ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil • ½ Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar • Sea Salt, to taste • Fresh Cracked Pepper, to taste Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 2. Peel the outer, beat-up layers of the Brussels sprouts off. Trim the end, then cut Brussels sprouts in half if […]

Five Minute Homemade Ice Cream


2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup milk (we used 2%) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.) Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full) 1 pint-size ziplock bag 1 gallon-size ziplock bag Combine the sugar, […]

Kale & White Bean Soup


Ingredients • 2 (15oz) cans of cannelli beans drained and rinsed • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 6 cups chicken broth • 1 (3- by 2-inch) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano rind • 2 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • 1 bay leaf • […]

Fig Preserves with Rosemary & Lemon


• 1 lemon, zested and juiced • 3 pounds fresh ripe figs, stemmed and cut into small pieces • ¾ cup sugar • 1 T chopped fresh rosemary • ¾ cup red or port wine • ¼ cup chicken stock • ¼ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt Put the lemon zest and juice in a […]

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