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Paula Hernandez was raising a family with limited resources and was not always able to find fresh, affordable food.

 Paula Hernandez was raising a family with limited resources and was not always able to find fresh, affordable food. She wasn’t focused on nutrition, only on feeding her family and making sure they weren’t hungry. This changed when her son Jose Luis became ill with high cholesterol and a dangerously swollen liver.

Paula then became involved with Zenger Farm. Located in Portland, Oregon, this organization provided Paula with cooking education classes that taught her how to make healthy diet changes. She learned how her family could eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables.
 
Paula took advantage of Zenger Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The CSA provides low-income individuals with diet-related illnesses a weekly box of produce at a subsidized rate.
 
After a season of healthy eating, Jose Luis has recovered from his health issues. Paula is very excited about the changes her family has made. She shared her enthusiasm for Zenger Farm: “I love the farm. They have opened the door to my family’s health. They have opened the door for a better tomorrow, for my children and their health.”
 
Written by Anthony Petruzzelli 
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