Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

jars of preserved food on pantry shelf
May 22, 2020

To help Iowans safely preserve foods, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a virtual Food Preservation 101 course. Food Preservation 101 is a general overview that highlights the key information Iowans need to know to get started preserving food at home.

woman reaching for box of dry goods in kitchen pantry
March 19, 2020

The outbreak of Covid 19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, has many Iowans thinking about emergency supplies and kits, if they should need to self-isolate or quarantine. Nutrition and wellness state specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips for stocking the pantry, without panic buying.

3 people wearing red Master Gardener t-shirts holding flats of plants
February 19, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Twenty-nine county projects across Iowa will receive Growing Together Mini-Grants through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s SNAP-Education. This is the fifth year mini-grant funds have been made available to Master Gardener volunteers, resulting in more than 300,000 pounds of produce being donated in communities across the state.

wicker basket of assorted vegetables
December 19, 2019

Do you have an interest in increasing the availability of local food benefits to producers, consumers and business owners?  If so, please consider attending our local foods meeting in Tama county on January 21 at 1:00 p.m. at the Extension office. 

Canning jar with the words "Preserve the Taste of Summer"
July 30, 2019

Make plans to join Jill Weber, Nutrition and Wellness Program Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at a hands on salsa-making workshop.  You will learn valuable knife skills as you turn fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions into a delicious salsa you can enjoy for many months. 

Statewide Resources

  • Participate in these classes for child care providers focused on healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children. Department of Human Services-approved credit is available for those attending.

  • EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are free programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

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    Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, or Facebook for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home, equipment, nutrition, and laundry. 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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