Thanks to the Healing Seeds initiative, residents in rural East Allen County will soon be preparing and tasting nutritious meals, such as veggie pizza, overnight oatmeal, and lentil soup.
A special one-time grant offered by the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation is helping local rural organizations offer highly delicious and nutritious food with some educational activities such as cooking lessons to low-income seniors and youth.
At Cornerstone Youth Center in Monroeville, retired cafeteria workers are volunteering to prepare and deliver healthy meals and snacks to seniors and individuals with disabilities. With each meal will also be recipes and nutrition tips. This summer, kids attending the Youth Center will take part in a full week of learning about nutrition and simple ways to prepare meals.
In Woodburn, seniors living at Phoenix Manor will have the opportunity to watch a Healing Seeds video about cooking a nutritious meal, and then they will receive all the ingredients needed to prepare the meal for themselves.
A Healthy Chef Edition camping experience is on the schedule for youth and seniors who visit the New Haven/Adams Township Community Center this year. Throughout the summer and fall, participants will take part in a week-long camp experience in small groups of 10. Approximately 80 people will watch the Healing Seeds videos and learn the basics of preparing healthy meals.
There’s still time to apply for a Healing Seeds grant up to $10,000. If your group or organization serves low-income rural residents from East Allen County and is interested in sharing information and lessons about healthy eating and cooking, visit the Healing Seeds web page here.
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Healing Seeds is an initiative of the St. Joe Foundation and Parkview Health. Funding is provided by the Indiana Department of Health and the Office of Community & Rural Affairs for the Stellar Community program.