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May 24, 2018

“Strengthening Relationships in the African American Community in Black Hawk County” is a research project completed this past year by Dr. Tera Jordan and a local team of facilitators.  Black Hawk County has the highest concentration of African Americans in Iowa. This project’s purpose is to strengthen connections between the county’s African American community and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Results of the study circles and action forums have been analyzed and included in a report with recommendations. Those interested in learning about the project, results and recommendations are invited to a community presentation and reception on Monday, June 11, 2018 from 5:30-7:00pm at the George Washington Carver Academy, 1505 Logan Avenue in Waterloo.  Read more...

August 28, 2017

...has been given to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by Black Hawk County 4-Her’s since 2013!
4-Her’s start with baby chicks in early June. They care and feed them until Fair time, late July. Then they bring some to fair
to be judged, after fair they are taken for processing. Some even donate their most award winning birds!
This year was a record breaking year!  4-Her’s,  volunteers and families donated 202 Broiler Chickens 
after the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA fair to be processed and delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank…. 
totaling 1272 POUNDS of FRESH CHICKEN MEAT, a much needed protein!
August 27, 2017

Kids in the Kitchen is ready for a fantastic school year in Black Hawk County! KIK Coordinator, Emily Samuelson, is looking forward to hosting 18 groups across ten locations during the fall semester. Locations include Fred Becker Elementary, Dike Elementary, Southdale Elementary, Orchard Hill, Elementary, Cedar Heights Elementary, Poyner Elementary, and Orange Elementary. Additionally, Kids in the Kitchen curriculum will be offered at the YMCA Child Development Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Waterloo, and Cedar Valley Preschool and Childcare Center.  Contact Emily Samuelson, emilyrs@iastate.edu to see if your agency meets eligibility criteria for this FREE program!

  See BUY EAT LIVE HEALTHY Brochure, Visit website

April 18, 2017

The 8 lessons are free and can be done in your home.
Recipes and cooking are included. income guidelines apply 

Sign-up today! 

Please Contact: Gail Forristall gailf@iastate.edu, Teresa Manzanares Rigel teresamr@iastate.eduSusan Potwin - spotwin@iastate.edu,  Or Call 319-234-6811

See Brochure. View Spanish Brochure.

Statewide Resources

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  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

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  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

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