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Wellmark Foundation awards grant to UNI Foundation

The Wellmark Foundation awarded a $24,200 grant to the University of Northern Iowa Foundation to help fund FRED: Food, Resource & Education Demonstration.

The project includes a student independent study group focused on health promotion and healthy food education.  By providing food and cooking demonstrations and guest speakers, the program offers fresh food education to an underserved, high-needs area of the state.

FRED is a mobile, interactive cooking and food education program.  The program will work to create enthusiasm and motivation for eating healthy, local foods while increasing food preparation and cooking skills.

The FRED project will utilize the student and academic resources of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services at UNI.  Through collaboration with area chefs, the program will present interactive cooking demonstrations for program participants.  The FRED project will also provide learning activities to introduce participants to fresh produce and food preparation techniques to use in their homes.

While the FRED project will serve all areas of Black Hawk County, communities with the highest need will be targeted during the first year of the program.

Community collaborators for the FRED project include the Leadership Academy, Upward Bound and Talent Search projects through UNI-CUE, Iowa State Extension Black Hawk County, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, and the UNI Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center.

The Wellmark Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks to improve the health of Iowans, South Dakotans, and their communities.  Through its 2014 Healthy Communities small grant program, the Foundation received 112 grant requests from various organizations seeking support for smaller community health projects.  This grant award to the University of Northern Iowa Foundation represents one of nineteen competitively awarded grants across Iowa and South Dakota to establish pilot efforts or expand upon current community health initiatives.

posted : July, 11th by KXEL

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