UC CalFresh In Action!
1st Annual Apple Festival
In Trinity County UC CalFresh Nutrition Educator Maggie Alvord collaborated with Trinity County Resource Conservation District to put together the 1st Annual Apple Festival. Community volunteers helped to make this event happen. It was open to the whole community and featured fun for all ages.
There were several apple related activities including an apple cider press demonstration to make yummy hot apple beverages and even a "Best Apple Pie in Trinity County" contest. There were some other activities including rock painting and even different informational booths. The rain didn't stop the community festival goers from coming out and enjoying the day's festivities!
Research has demonstrated that interactive play can be a significant role in child developmental growth. Playground Stencils are an easy way to implement fitness and pro-socialization tools that engage all age groups. Exercising and interacting through play is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for children. Stencils help to increase children's physical activity time and skill level during outside play.
Our Cluster has recently lead and implemented TWO Stencil Projects; Rocky Point Charter School in Shasta County and Columbia Pre-School in Tehama County. Parents, Students, Teachers, UC CalFresh Staff and even some High School Students volunteered their time to help design and paint the playground stencils for these two sites. It was a great and successful collaborative project that all the students can now enjoy on a daily basis!
Rocky Point Charter School Stencil Project
Lead by UC CalFresh Nutrition Educator Ruby Kaur
Columbia PreSchool Stencil Project
Lead by UC CalFresh Nutrition Educator Ashley McLeod
Student Lead Lunch Room Tastings
We have been collaborating with Redding School District Food Service Director to provide students the opportunity to sample healthy recipes and vote if they would like the items added to their lunch menus.
This month's featured menu item was "Porcupine Sliders"- a mix of ground turkey, cranberries, brown rice, onion and garlic powder.
87% of the students from Cypress Elementary School voted that they liked the sliders and 73% of students from Sycamore Elementary School voted and liked them as well. Next month the "Porcupine Sliders" will be added to both schools' lunch menu!
*Pictures are from Cypress Elementary School
UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program staff lead effort to support youth in Trinity County during Helena Fire
On August 30th, the Helena fire was started along Highway 299, approximately 15 miles west of Weaverville in Trinity County. To date, more than 70 homes have been destroyed, over 17,000 acres burned and 2,000 people have been evacuated from their properties. This disaster lead to Governor Brown issuing a state of emergency for all of Trinity County. As a result of the Helena fire, 6 schools were closed. In response to this tragedy, Margarita Alvord, a University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) CalFresh Nutrition Education Specialist for Trinity County led a community effort to organize activities to support local families.
Margarita brought together several local organizations including Human Response Network, First 5 Trinity County, and Weaverville Parks and Recreation district, to address the needs of the community impacted by the Helena fire. Together they came up with a plan to provide youth activities including physical activity, nutrition education, arts and crafts, and games. They provided a healthy lunch and three days of programming at the Local Assistant Center in Weaverville.
Margarita worked closely with her Supervisor, Janessa Hartmann, to quickly develop a plan and successfully coordinate this effort. Additionally, UC ANR Risk Manager Linda Harris worked to address the risk management element so the youth program could be delivered at the Center. Margarita received significant positive support from parents, teachers and community members signifying the strength, resilience and solidarity that exists in Trinity County. The staff at UCCE Trinity County seized the opportunity to ensure the students, families and community displaced during the fire were offered opportunities to learn and have fun in a safe place. Thanks to the Human Response Network, First 5 Trinity County, Weaverville Parks and Recreation, Mountain Chapel and UCCE for compassionately serving your community needs!
1st Annual Battle Chefs at the Market
Community Education Specialist Chanelle Vincelli (Shasta County) took lead on organizing the 1st annual "Battle Chefs at the Market" to kick off the Summer Farmer's Market Chef at the Market series in Redding.
"Battle Chefs at the Market" is a cook off that features local culinary arts students from the Shasta Union High School District. Chefs utilized the market fresh produce to create quick and fabulous dishes. UC CalFresh partnered with Shasta Grower's Association and Healthy Shasta to coordinate the Chef at the Market series. Chef at the Market is a fun, free community even that features a weekly cooking demonstration that promotes the joy of eating local, seasonal fruits and vegetables offered at the Farmer's Market.
With the support from the rest of the Shasta County UC CalFresh team we were able to sponsor an award for the winner of the 1st Battle Chefs at the Market. Our team hopes to continue on the Battle Chefs at the Market competition during the Chef at the Market series for years to come.