Vision Coalition partners with food bank

Residents line up to receive groceries at a food bank distribution site. Courtesy photo
Residents line up to receive groceries at a food bank distribution site. Courtesy photo

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition for Safe, Healthy, Drug-Free Youth continues its work in the community, serving youth and families and low-income populations of El Dorado County.

Recently the coalition partnered with the Food Bank of El Dorado County to provide nutrition education, food tastings and cooking demonstrations at the food bank’s food distribution sites in South Lake Tahoe and during the holidays in December. The next food bank distribution will be in Placerville on March 19 at the VFW Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, from 10 to 11 a.m. where the coalition members will provide recipes, food tastings, cooking and nutrition education. A representative from CalFresh (EDC Social Services) will be there to assist people with additional resources that may be available.

“Vision Coalition is committed to providing these additional services to our SNAP-Ed population and is proud to work closely with the Food Bank of El Dorado County,” said Assistant Director Raeann Jones.

Vision Coalition has also assembled a group of local community leaders and service providers for low-income populations to identify gaps in services and necessary resources to draft a county-wide Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Plan.

“This plan will be completed in late October of 2014 and will be presented to local county officials, community leaders and our community at large with recommendations on how we can best meet these challenges for the future health and wellness of our families, children and communities,” said Jan Wilcox, Vision Coalition’s SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Coordinator.

Additional work continues with local organizations such as CalFresh, Department of Aging, Department of Food and Agriculture and the University of California Cooperative Extension to maximize resources in meeting the needs of the county’s low-income population.

“This work is vital for our community and future work force and fits in with the coalition’s commitment to the health and wellness of our youth, families and communities in El Dorado County,” said Vision Coalition’s Executive Director D.J. Peterson.

The funding for the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention grant is through the Network for a Healthy California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Local schools are taking advantage of healthy eating programs from the state such as “Harvest of the Month,” which is coordinating with the local “Farm to Fork” movement. Curriculum, lesson plans, electronic e-newsletters all tied to the Common Core standards along with resources for parents, educators and communities are available through harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov.

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is made up of individuals, volunteers and community leaders who represent youth and families in El Dorado County. Partners involved in the coalition’s efforts include schools, parents, law enforcement, businesses, government, faith and fraternal organizations, civic and volunteer organizations, physical and mental health professionals, media and others who are dedicated to the health and wellness of our communities.  To learn more about the Vision Coalition visit edhVisionCoalition.org or call (916) 941-8482.

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