Students work on Waukon school gardens.

Waukon school gardens flourish

Vegetable gardens at two Waukon schools are flourishing thanks to the green thumbs of the young gardeners involved in the Summer Food and Fitness program. The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program, ISU Extension and Outreach, and Allamakee Community School District co-host the program. In June, club members planted and tended the garden at the Waukon … Continue reading Waukon school gardens flourish

Oh snap, that's sweet.

Students “Snap for Snap Peas!” at summer meal sites

by Chelsea Krist, program coordinator Oh, snap! School’s out for the summer. But the Iowa Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program is all in, supporting food access across the state in June and July. The summer program provides nutritious meals and snacks to youth in low-income areas. Sponsors at libraries, summer school programs, parks, … Continue reading Students “Snap for Snap Peas!” at summer meal sites

student eating lunch.

Tasty, healthy (and a little spicy!): CR students love Black Bean Day

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist, and Chelsea Krist, program coordinator “Local black beans? 110 out of 10!” That’s just one of many excited comments from students about a recent “Black Bean Day” in Cedar Rapids elementary schools. Three years in the making, the event was a true labor of love for many partners, encompassing recipe … Continue reading Tasty, healthy (and a little spicy!): CR students love Black Bean Day