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Iowa 4-H Council Donates over 20,000 Items in Food Drive Effort

December 22, 2020, 11:55 am | Haley Jones

When Iowa’s State 4-H Council members began their statewide food drive, their original goal was to collect 10,000 nonperishable food items. However, Iowans across the state helped the group more than double their goal by collecting and donating 21,771 food items in seven weeks. The food items will be donated to local food pantries, churches and places in need during this holiday season.

Not All Alcohol Gets Better with Age

December 21, 2020, 1:25 pm | Sarah Francis, Erin L. Norton, Aude Watrelot, David Brown

Holiday celebrations may be different than in past years as we continue to social distance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But one thing is likely the same — food and drinks. Follow food safety basics and store alcoholic beverages properly to ensure that you’re spreading only good cheer.  

Don’t Be Fooled by COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

December 21, 2020, 10:25 am | Sarah Francis, Jeongeun Lee, Barb Wollan

As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed in Iowa, scams are being reported that are preying on those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection, such as older adults. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists say you can protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the facts.

Beat Botulism with Safe Home Food Preservation

December 11, 2020, 11:59 am | Sarah Francis

With so many people preserving food at home for the first time, there is concern about botulism outbreaks from improperly home-canned, preserved or fermented foods. This serves as an important reminder to follow safe food handling and research-based food preservation recipes, said Sarah Francis, associate professor and nutrition and wellness state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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