FoodWIse Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties
The FoodWIse, formerly known as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program WNEP, is a federally funded grant program that collaborates with community, state and federal organizations in the design and implementation of nutrition education programs for low-income and food stamp eligible populations. This program provides outreach in the Tri-county area to include Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. More specifically, the program will provide education on:
- Research based programs on nutrition and physical activity in accordance with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid
- Managing food resources, thrifty shopping practices, managing food dollars, all to help families become more food secure
- Food safety education related to safe food handling, preparation and storage
- Programs are available for all age groups
- Programs available in Spanish and Hmong
MISSION: To provide practical, reliable foods and nutrition information for food stamp recipients and their families.
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image – a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.
Choosing Healthy Meals as you get Older – Making healthy food choices is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are! Your body changes through your 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. Food provides nutrients you need as you age. Use these tips to choose foods for better health at each stage of life. 10 Healthy Eating Tips, (PDF) USDA Education Series
SNAP Gardens: Food Stamps Grow Gardens – Very little has been done to promote the fact that Food Stamps or SNAP EBT can be used to purchase food-producing plants and seeds ever since…until now! SNAP Gardens was started in 2011 by New Yorker Daniel Bowman Simon in an attempt to bring to light decades-old legislation: in 1973, an amendment was made to the 1964 Food Stamp Act to allow the purchase of seeds and food-producing plants. While it’s been possible to use food stamps to purchase seeds and plants ever since, it hasn’t happened much, because, as Simon says, “It’s been buried in the fine print.” Simon’s mission has been to raise awareness of this legislation to beneficiaries and administrators of the food stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Within the limits of an individual family’s own monthly allotment, food stamps will cover the cost of seeds, sprouts, and small live plants at any facility that is equipped to accept benefits through the EBT payment program. While medicinal and culinary herbs and almost all fruit and vegetable plants are covered by food stamps, decorative plants, potting soil, and garden accessories are not eligible. The seeds and live plants selected will be automatically charged, tax-free, to your EBT card. For more information, visit http://www.snapgardens.org
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans — Washington, January 31, 2011 — US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.
Eat Smart and Move More — Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program educators are teaching ways to balance their food intake with physical activity in the months of January and February. Participants at St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Menasha, and the Salvation Army, Appleton, will learn how to utilize the food they receive from the pantry to prepare nutritious meals and to balance caloric intake with physical activity. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate activity most days to reduce the risk of chronic disease and 60 minutes of moderate/intense activity to manage body weight and to prevent weight gain.
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If you have any questions regarding FoodWIse in Outagamie County, please contact:
Kris Soper | Nutrition Educator
Outagamie County – UW Extension
3365 W. Brewster St. | Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-832-4748 | Wisconsin Relay: 711
Serves Winnebago, Calumet, Outagamie