Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

Educator and child planting in an egg carton
June 21, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Woodbury and Plymouth counties are bringing back the free kids’ program: Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) to the Sioux City, Moville and Akron Farmers Markets.

Now hiring
June 3, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Woodbury County is hiring for two positions. The current openings are for a 4-H and Youth Development Coordinator as well as a Human Sciences and Youth Nutrition Educator.

Farmers Market vendor helping a child
May 18, 2021

Throughout the state, farmers markets are opening for the season, providing many opportunities for Iowans to sell home-prepared foods. This part of the U.S. food supply chain is known as the cottage food industry and cottage food producers are subject to certain regulations. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers online training in food safety, food preparation and Iowa regulations designed specifically for cottage food producers.

Truck on road with text reading Farmers to Families Food Box pickup
April 16, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County, along with the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, is hosting a drive thru food giveaway at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 23 in the parking lot of Lewis and Clark Park located at 3400 Line Dr. in Sioux City. More than 1,250 food boxes will be distributed as part of the USDA sponsored Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

Variety of fruits and vegetables
February 4, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach will be hosting several food preservation courses in the Preserve The Taste of Summer series. The courses include general food preservation, jam making basics and salsa making basics.

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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