Hi! I am Emma Dubay, a FoodCorps Service Member in Oelwein. I am originally from a small town in Vermont, but graduated with a degree in social work from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN. I am so excited to be continuing my exploration of the Midwest, here in Iowa! Continue reading
The after-school cooking club at Wings Park Elementary in Oelwein had a very busy year learning recipes and making healthy snacks and meals. Continue reading
Oelwein High School juniors, Jakub Conner, Sierra Brennan, Sammi Paul, and Carly Jeanes, are Food and Fitness cross age teachers who visit 2nd grade classrooms at Wings Park Elementary each month to lead the youth in the Farm to School lesson. Continue reading
August means evaluation time, and the FFI Operations Team has been reviewing the past year and comparing the progress to our benchmarks (or indicators). Continue reading
As a child I helped my grandmother in the garden but I never took it upon myself to plant something on my own – That was, until I had to. October of 2016 is a time that I will always remember. It was the first time in my life that I independently planted a food crop. After watching several YouTube videos and speaking with more experienced gardeners, I decided to give it a try. Continue reading
Oelwein Food and Fitness volunteers coordinated a fun family day on June 2 at the Oelwein City Park.
More than 80 Oelwein residents bright ideas for healthy living to the Work Café held March 9 and the Oelwein Community Plaza. Continue reading
On Valentines day, students across the United States bring empty boxes to school with hopes of filling it with sweet cards and even sweeter treats. I’m not quite sure that the day focuses on “love” and “appreciation” anymore. In my opinion, Valentines day is that one day that all the healthy school rules go out the window and kids get to eat candy until their belly aches. Continue reading
Source: Oelwein Daily Register, 12/28/16.
Five families in the Oelwein School District are benefiting over winter break from a breakfast bag project created by fellow students. Under the leadership of Lauren Allbritton, FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service member through the NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative, a 4-H club was put together at the middle and high school. Continue reading
4-H Food and Fitness members gathered from 9 school districts around NE Iowa for the Regional Youth Leadership Team winter gathering on the Luther College campus this month. These youth and adults from area schools meet quarterly to learn about wellness issues in their communities, identify projects to help their school or community, and network by sharing experiences of their club projects and build ideas for future ones. Continue reading