Idaho Hunger Task Force: Making a place at the table for all Idahoans


About Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force

The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force envisions that in a state as abundant as Idaho hunger will not exist and works to put public and private resources into action statewide in order to eliminate hunger and provide food security for all Idahoans.


ect in the Coeur d�Alene area will help families with children make healthier food choices, with nutrition training, recipes, and groceries to prepare the recipes. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.


December 31, 2014

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - New Year's resolutions often focus on food - usually making "healthier food choices." Those choices can be tough when families have limited food budgets, so a new project in the Coeur d'Alene area will help families with children discover ways to focus on nutrition and taste with kid-tested recipes.

Food insecurity and rates of overweight or obese children are connected, said Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, so the project will focus on both issues.

"It presents nutrition education in a fun and age-appropriate way," she said, "and it addresses food insecurity by getting food into the homes of the children."

The program will be offered in select schools and in after-school settings, and will use the "Choose My Plate" resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Groceries sent home for recipes will come from Safeway stores.

Gardner said one in five children in Idaho is considered food insecure, and about 28 percent are overweight or obese. The basic goal for improving health, for kids and adults, is "food literacy."

"They begin to make better choices when they really are literate about how far their food's traveling, where it comes from, what the nutrients are, what the balance needs to be on that plate," she said.

An added benefit to the program is that students in the Family, Consumer and Career Leaders of America organization also will be involved, and Gardner said she hopes the partnership will help build emerging leaders for hunger-relief projects.

The Food Research and Action Center and Safeway Foundation issued a grant for the project.

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Food Resolutions to Combat Hunger in Idaho

PHOTO: A new project in the Coeur d�Alene area will help families with children make healthier food choices, with nutrition training, recipes, and groceries to prepare the recipes. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

PHOTO: A new project in the Coeur d�Alene area will help families with children make healthier food choices, with nutrition training, recipes, and groceries to prepare the recipes. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.


December 31, 2014

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - New Year's resolutions often focus on food - usually making "healthier food choices." Those choices can be tough when families have limited food budgets, so a new project in the Coeur d'Alene area will help families with children discover ways to focus on nutrition and taste with kid-tested recipes.

Food insecurity and rates of overweight or obese children are connected, said Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, so the project will focus on both issues.

"It presents nutrition education in a fun and age-appropriate way," she said, "and it addresses food insecurity by getting food into the homes of the children."

The program will be offered in select schools and in after-school settings, and will use the "Choose My Plate" resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Groceries sent home for recipes will come from Safeway stores.

Gardner said one in five children in Idaho is considered food insecure, and about 28 percent are overweight or obese. The basic goal for improving health, for kids and adults, is "food literacy."

"They begin to make better choices when they really are literate about how far their food's traveling, where it comes from, what the nutrients are, what the balance needs to be on that plate," she said.

An added benefit to the program is that students in the Family, Consumer and Career Leaders of America organization also will be involved, and Gardner said she hopes the partnership will help build emerging leaders for hunger-relief projects.

The Food Research and Action Center and Safeway Foundation issued a grant for the project.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID
- See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-12-31/hunger-food-nutrition/food-resolutions-to-combat-hunger-in-idaho/a43776-1#sthash.Y1SZiH38.dpuf

 

Farmworker Awareness Salutes Cornerstone of Idaho’s Food System

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April 1, 2015 - Deborah Courson Smith, Public News Service (ID)

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PHOTO: Better treatment of Idaho farmworkers and recognition of their importance in the food system are part of the National Farmworker Awareness campaign. Photo credit: Brian Prechtel, USDA Agricultural Research Service.
PHOTO: Better treatment of Idaho farmworkers and recognition of their importance in the food system are part of the National Farmworker Awareness campaign. Photo credit: Brian Prechtel, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Farm-to-school programs and buying local food are popular trends in Idaho, and the route those foods take to get to the plate are being highlighted for National Farmworker Awareness - a spring campaign that coincides with crop planting.

Even with advances in equipment, said Rebecca De Leon, communications director at the Community Council of Idaho, much of the work on a farm is done by hand by what she calls an invisible army of migrant and seasonal workers.

"Our farmworkers toil the fields for 8, 10 or even 12 hours a day," she said, "doing extremely dangerous and arduous labor to pick food for Idahoans, then come home and have no food to give to their own children."

The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force has been promoting local food-system design and is working to include farm laborers and their families as part of the big picture of regional physical and economic health.

Josie Perales, family service advocate at Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, said it's important to remember that those working to produce the food have families, and it matters how they're treated.

"I see that families are working very long hours for a very low wage," she said. "They want child care to work those long hours. We try to provide families with child care so they won't take them out to the fields."

She said her group helps teach families how to meet nutritional needs on strict budgets and engages youngsters in high-quality early education.

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Summer Sunshine Award Winners!

FNS staff participating in a Summer Food Service Program Kick-off event

On June 13, 2013, FNS staff participated in a Summer Food Service Program Kick-off event in Sacramento, CA.

It may be the middle of winter, but at USDA, we like to celebrate the success of our Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) all year long.  Therefore, the Western Regional Office is thrilled to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2014 Summer Sunshine Awards.  A total of eight organizations across the region received Sunshine Awards in 4 unique categories in recognition of their standout efforts in operating the SFSP.  The programs impact in local communities depends on the hard work of state agencies, partnering organizations, local sites and sponsors.  These awards only begin to show our appreciation for the dedication, innovation, and passion behind the respective organizations.

In the category of Strategies to Promote Nutrition and Wellness, California’s Riverside Unified School District was awarded the honor for employing innovative strategies by collaborating with local partners to provide nutrition education and physical activities at summer meal sites. The Boys and Girls Club of Ada County in Idaho was also awarded the distinction for their incorporation of fresh local produce into summer meals and offering opportunities for physical activity to children at their summer meal sites.

Two deserving winners of the Reaching Rural and Underserved Communities award emphasize the importance of thinking outside the box to provide nutrition to more children in the summer time.  Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission of California expanded their summer meals program to seven rural communities by partnering with USDA’s Rural Development.  In Washington, Entiat Valley Community Services Food Bank was awarded the distinction for their innovative approach to opening sites in areas of high need, conducting massive media campaigns, and networking with various community partners to ensure meals were delivered to sites in rural areas.

In the category of Successful Community Partnerships, the Des Moines Area Food Bank of Washington was chosen as a recipient for their successful community partnerships resulting in a variety of physical activity and nutrition education workshops at summer meal sites.  An Above and Beyond Honorable Mention was awarded to Auburn Unified School District for expanding community partnerships and providing physical activity and nutrition education classes every day of the week at summer meal sites.

For Program Expansion in Local Communities, the award recipient was the Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, for their efforts in expanding summer meal sites in the community by collaborating with local partners to make meals available for the children of Sequim and Port Angeles.  Nye County Unified School District of Nevada received an honorable mention for their innovative mobile feeding program using the school “mail” van to deliver meals and traveled with a local “book mobile” to increase summer reading and engage children while eating.

Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions and a huge thank you from all of us at FNS for the delicious meals and engaging programs you provide to children during the summer months.  We look forward to more successes and best practices from each and every Summer Sunshine awardee during summer 2015!

    

- See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/01/23/summer-sunshine-award-winners/#more-56372

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our work by the Food Research and Action Center, Mazon and Share our Strength.

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