LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
A Wonderful Welcome! Iowa Food Hub was officially welcomed into the West Union Community with a ribbon cutting and Meet & Greet on Thursday afternoon. Thank you to all who have supported us on this journey!
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
As the days grow shorter and colder, it is often hard to find the motivation to get up and moving and stay active. At Turkey Valley, December is “Be Fit, Be Active” month. Each week is a new activity topic. This past week was Just Dance. Check out their moves!
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
Recently Kali Wenger and Emily Carlson, preschool teachers at North Fayette Vally – Elgin had fun introducing beans to their students and teaching them a little math and science at the same time.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Clayton Ridge High School forms a youth team as part of the Food & Fitness Initiative. They recently brainstormed ideas for improving the wellness of fellow students, and came up with priorities like decreasing food waste, providing a salad bar in the cafeteria, and simply adding more vegetables to sides like rice at lunch. Welcome!
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps service members
Postville students are turning orange with envy. This month, cross-age teachers are teaching second grade classrooms all about local carrots. Service member Ashley Dress has taste tests planned every Friday featuring carrots: sweet potato and carrot mash (that tasted a lot like pumpkin pie filling), crispy carrot fries and Asian-style carrots. She is hoping to turn any carrot-haters around! And, lining our lunchroom hallway, we’re featuring these great photos of some current carrot-lovers!
Allamakee Schools recently received a donation from a community member to support purchases of local meat for school meals. The donation was facilitated by the Iowa Food Hub and Allamakee New Beginnings, a 501c3 non-profit. Consider giving the gift of local food to your school this holiday season.
TIP OF THE WEEK: The temperatures are dropping, and the holiday season is right around the corner. The holidays are a great time to celebrate and enjoy the company of family and friends. The month is filled with parties and good cheer – and plenty of food! Here are some ideas to keep the holidays delicious without throwing nutrition to the wind.