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Early in the pandemic, members of the Central Florida Alliance to End Hunger Food Access Working Group realized a growing need for access to healthy food in their community. The group planned for a new produce distribution site in a high-need area of East Winter Garden, Florida.
Imagine a school day where children cannot go outside to the playground because of the weather. Now, imagine a school with an indoor playground! In 2019, LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed and the Ouachita Parish Healthy Communities Coalition created an indoor playground at Shady Grove Elementary School.
The Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program is designed to improve fruit and vegetable and low-fat dairy consumption among elementary school children in schools with at least 50 percent participation in free- and reduced-price lunch. The program delivers classroom-based nutrition and physical activity education supported by social marketing strategies.
When the pandemic hit in 2020 the Governor challenged the Kentucky Extension and Nutrition Education Program to help promote Victory Gardens in Kentucky. Victory Gardens were started during the World Wars to help decrease the effect of food rations and increase fresh food supply.
Maine SNAP-Ed teamed up with the market manager and local businesses to offer Kids Club, an interactive summer nutrition education program for youth. In 2016, 72 children participated in Kids Club, with the goal of increasing access to fruits and vegetables and encouraging interaction with local farmers—creating lifelong farmers’ market customers in Knox County.
Preschools and other early learning centers are critical settings for obesity prevention efforts. The preschool years are an important time when young children are learning to develop healthy habits. In FY19, Maryland SNAP-Ed partnered with over 213 early education sites and reached 9,561 preschool-aged kids through face-to-face education and multi-level interventions.
In many rural communities in New Mexico, parents often work 30-50 miles away from home and students are in extended after school programs. Let’s Cook! Peña Blanca is a part of our larger Kids Cook! (KC!) programming into these rural communities. The programs serve low income families at an after school program at the Peña Blanca Inter-generational Community Center.
Oregon SNAP-ED (Food Hero) is helping families build healthy habits outside of school through bingo! They have had successful bingo projects, first with the Spring Break Bingo (SBB) and then Bingo at Home.