After a four-day bus tour through northeast Iowa, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation team could rest assured that the foundation’s $500,000 grant to the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative was invested in a worthy effort. In late August a technical assistance team from the foundation saw firsthand how northeast Iowa is creating vibrant communities that support access to locally grown, healthy and affordable food and safe places for physical activity and play. Local ISU Extension staff arranged the whirlwind trip and report that the initiative had a great first check-up.
“The W.K. Kellogg team was impressed with the commitment, energy and progress that northeast Iowans have already made to support this initiative. They were especially impressed with the technology we have in place to communicate and plan with one another as a region,” said Brenda Ranum, ISU Extension education director for Winneshiek County and one of the initiative’s co-directors.
The initiative includes Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties, Ranum said. “Our county planning teams are focusing on promoting changes so that eating healthy and being active become a way of life for everyone.”
Other partners are Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, Luther College and the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition.