Nutrition Education and Tools Project
The COMPASS NOW 2012 and 2015 report, compiled by The Great Rivers United Way, identifies current and emerging needs and/or issues in our region. The report sites obesity, food insecurity, increased child poverty rate, increased Food Share usage, and transportation among the relevant issues. These findings indicate the wide range of needs present among those living in poverty and those struggling to secure even basic necessities.
WAFER, together with our collaborating partners, will work towards addressing food insecurity, obesity, and nutrition through the “Nutrition Education & Tools Project”. The project will provide education programming and the tools needed for successful home implementation, specifically targeting the low-income population. For more information on this programming, please feel free to read through current program information (such as collaborators, funding, evaluation, and completed program summaries), the original grant proposal, the proposed budget, and remodel blueprints.
During the summer of 2014 research was conducted which concluded that lower income people who need our services lack not only the skills, but basic kitchen necessities to prepare and eat healthier meals. The documents are also available in the links below.
Please email WAFER Executive Director Erin Waldhart for more information and how to donate to this initiative.(Funded in part by the Great Rivers United Way)
Pre-registration is necessary for all education sessions. We are currently accepting registrations for the December 11 2018 and January 17 2019 education sessions provided by UW-Extension Nutrition Educators and Mayo Clinic Health System Dieticians respectively. Unless otherwise stated program funding is provided by Great Rivers United Way. Though income guidelines are not posted for registration, the population these sessions are focused on are for people who meet “low-income” guidelines.