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Be Healthy PA to feature recipes in new PA Veggies Book

New FREE E-Book features veggies from Pennsylvania

We are thrilled to be featured in this book that features 63 recipes contributed by organizations in Pennsylvania.

Download this FREE resource today and get cooking!

Be Healthy PA featured in new PA Veggie Recipe Book

Angela Corrado
63+ Recipes, 30+ Guides, Mouthwatering Photography in ‘Pennsylvania Vegetables’ 
PA Veggies’ Digital Book of Recipes & Resources Now Available

more photos available here for press purposes
Pennsylvania Vegetables is the first of its kind. Never before has a cookbook been created in the state of Pennsylvania in such a collaborative fashion and with a focus on fresh, in-season produce. This book was made possible thanks to so many individuals and brands that have a tremendous amount of passion and respect for the local food community – particularly Pennsylvania vegetables!
The main focus of the digital cookbook rests on enjoying seasonal goods in and around August, which is the month that PA Veggies, along with farmers statewide, celebrates annually as PA Produce Month. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture reminds us of this holiday and its importance in his video introduction for the cookbook.
“But this cookbook represents even something more important than the recipes. It represents the collaboration, the spirit, that we absolutely need to bring our food community together. We want something that represents our products, our produce, our season, our farms, and our food and tables. That’s what this cookbook is about. So enjoy it! Enjoy the month of August! Enjoy the produce season here in Pennsylvania. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.”
Some content to look forward to includes:
Herbed Potato and Green Bean Salad by PA Veggies, with help from Dish Works
Vegan Cauliflower Hot Wings by Christina Maser of Lancaster County
Cabbage and Ginger Egg Rolls by Leah Shenot of Shenot Farm and Market in Allegheny County
Cucumber Lemonade from Samantha Ardry of Ardry Farms in Centre County
Arugula and Mushroom Salad from Carrie Havranek, author of Tasting Pennsylvania
Sunshine Salad, and Stuffed Peppers from Be Healthy PA
Pasta with Saffron Leek and Corn Sauce from Chef Lynn Buono of Feast Your Eyes Catering in Philadelphia
Oatmeal Almond Cookies with Butternut Squash from Sara Eckert of Healthy Harvest Farm in Centre County 
Photographs by Suzanne Itzko
An original editorial from Plant-based Chef Char Nolan, that tells the story of Fishtown, Riverwards ProduceHoneyGrow, and more
The list goes on. PA Veggies is truly humbled by the amount and variety of contributions. You must dive in to understand! We hope all contributors, and consumers, are excited to be a part of this unique historical moment.
Ready to start exploring 100+ pages of pure Pennsylvania deliciousness?
CHECK OUT Pennsylvania Vegetables, a collaborative digital book of recipes & resources.
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The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is a statewide marketing order established by a grower referendum, governed by a grower board and funded by grower assessments. The Program’s sole purpose is to serve the vegetable growers of Pennsylvania by promoting Pennsylvania-grown vegetables and funding practical vegetable production research. Consider liking PA Veggies on Facebook (PAVeggies), following along on Instagram (@PAVeggies), subscribing to our Emails and our YouTube channel, and using #PAVeggies to find and share your homegrown PA happiness experiences.
EDITORS: Press photos available here. If you have any questions, please contact Angela ℅ PA Veggies at 484.955.3817 or

$10 Million Available to Support Pennsylvania’s Food System

CARES Act Funding Available for Eligible Businesses in Low-to-Moderate Income Areas.

The Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund — funded through the CARES Act — is available to for-profit, nonprofit, or cooperative entities impacted by COVID-19, including grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood markets, bodegas, food hubs, mobile markets, farmers markets, on-farm markets, urban farms, and food aggregation centers with a direct connection to direct-to-consumer retail outlets.


Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network launches new website to provide resources to PA residents in need during COVID-19 pandemic

Harrisburg, PA, Jun 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The impact of the coronavirus has led to record-breaking unemployment, economic disruption, and food insecurity for more than 1.9 million Pennsylvanians since late May 2020. The Department of Human Services estimates that 1.8 million PA residents currently participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Over 695,000 of those participants are children. Helping families obtain resources during a time in which these children were not receiving school lunches became a real concern.

Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network (PA NEN) launched a new website,, as a part of a statewide initiative to provide additional resources and nutrition education to the low-income residents of Pennsylvania.

As a Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed partner, PA NEN understands the importance of providing SNAP households with nutrition assistance resources.  Once COVID-19 became a reality, the team gathered information from across the state with assistance from other Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed partners and shared them on their website.  Currently, Pennsylvania has approximately 19 partners that cover over half of Pennsylvania’s counties. 

Serina Gaston, M.Ed., CHES, Executive Director, has been instrumental in leading the organization in a new direction that not only provides resources so that families in Pennsylvania do not go to bed hungry, but are given the opportunity to learn more about making healthy choices. Gaston states, “From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we wanted to provide low-income families with information on food access and distribution.  As schools were closing, we knew there would be Pennsylvania youth unable to access school lunches and unaware of where to go to obtain food and we wanted our website to be a resource and assist in those efforts.”

Launching the “Be Healthy PA” campaign in 2020 supports the mission of the organization to provide education for residents to empower them to easily make healthy lifestyle choices.

The campaign’s simple but catchy tag line is “Healthy Food! Healthy Moves! Healthy You!”

The website offers a recipe database with a robust search engine capability allowing users to search “What’s in the fridge?” for easy, healthy recipes. During COVID-19, food availability and access have greatly impacted many families, so this feature allows individuals to be creative with foods they have on-hand or from a food pantry to dish up quick recipes that everyone in their family can enjoy.  The site offers a Resource Map connecting participants to Food Banks and Food Pantries in their community.  

The website is an integral piece of the Be Healthy PA campaign that participants will begin seeing Summer of 2020 that includes digital and social media advertisements throughout the state encouraging residents that with PA NEN’s support, making the healthy choice can be the easy choice.  

The Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network promotes communication among individuals and organizations engaged in improving nutrition in our communities. They work to ensure that effective, evidence-based, appropriate nutrition resources primarily for low-income populations are available across the state.

Karima Rose, ED.M. is passionate about providing education to residents to help them make good healthy choices.  Ms. Rose states, “In a world where systems and resources aren’t equitably provided, I applaud PA NEN for its forward-thinking of launching a website that provides a central place for individuals to locate available nutrition resources for their families.”

To learn more about the Be Healthy PA program powered by PA NEN contact visit the website at

Visit Be Healthy PA on Facebook at

PA NEN can be reached at (717) 233-1791.

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the PA Department of Human Services (DHS). This institution is an equal opportunity provider. View the full nondiscrimination statement here.

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Online Grocery Purchasing for SNAP Recipients Now Available, Retailers Encouraged to Join Program Online Grocery Purchasing for SNAP Recipients Now Available, Retailers Encouraged to Join Program 

June 2020 – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced that the system changes necessary to implement the pilot program that lets recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchase groceries online through participating retailers have been completed, and online grocery purchasing is now active at approved retailers.

“SNAP recipients in Pennsylvania have not had the flexibility to use online purchasing for grocery delivery or for prepayment of curbside pick-up, potentially putting their health and safety at risk during this health crisis. We are proud to announce that that changes today. We are glad to launch this pilot program to allow us to expand flexibility to SNAP recipients looking to utilize online grocery purchasing to support social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “No one should be in the position of jeopardizing their health to get groceries for their family. I encourage retailers across the commonwealth to reach out to Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) and join this program.”

The pilot program currently includes three approved retailers: Amazon, Walmart, and ShopRite. Only eligible food items normally paid for by SNAP will be able to be purchased from these retailers online with SNAP benefits; delivery fees, driver tips, and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits. Due to the expedited timeframe to implement, this initiative does not include the ability to transact Cash Assistance benefits using the EBT card.  Therefore, individuals will need to use another method of payment, such as a pre-paid debit card, to cover non-allowable fees.

A fourth retailer, The Fresh Grocer, was approved by the federal government to participate in the program, and once necessary system changes are implemented, they too will begin accepting online SNAP payments. Retailers that are interested in participating must contact FNS to review the requirements to be added to the program.

Retailers that do not wish to join the pilot program can still offer delivery or pick-up flexibility options for SNAP recipients by using mobile EBT processing equipment that would allow customers to pay with SNAP when groceries are delivered or picked up. Farmers markets may be able to receive this processing equipment at no cost through a grant opportunity provided by DHS.

DHS is continuing to process applications for SNAP and encourages people and families who need assistance to apply online at All SNAP applications are screened for expedited services criteria which can accelerate processing time for those with emergency needs. Pennsylvanians who need help feeding themselves or their family can also find and contact their local food bank or pantry through Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania to access food resources in their community  Visit for a “Responding to COVID-19” guide or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19