Colleges Building Community’s Healthy Food Festival will move the needle on food insecurity
Nine months ago, four colleges committed to tackling food insecurity in our neighborhoods. We made 10,000 meals to share with families in five Scranton elementary schools – but that was just the beginning. We used the occasion to launch a multi-institution case study whose goal is to achieve measurable change in food insecurity in our region. In August, our students learned a lot about what drives the crisis in our community. They took what they learned and zeroed in on themes of education and access as the key to reducing food insecurity.
On April 6, those themes form the next steps toward making our neighborhoods hunger-free zones.
Healthy Food Festival – a fun, interactive event for Scranton School District families
Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Healthy Food Fest will:
- Help parents by providing fresh produce and connecting them with resources
- Educate children about making better food choices
Children and their families will have fun and receive education around food and health. With interactive activities and games, attendees will gain skills and resources they can put to use immediately at home. From cooking demonstrations and cookbooks chockful of healthy recipes built on readily available ingredients, to lessons on how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into an everyday diet, the Healthy Food Festival will move the needle on local food insecurity by connecting families with resources and empowering them to make nutritious choices.
- Access means making connections -- local nonprofits will have booths at the Healthy Food Fest, including Here for a Reason, Generosity feeds, WIC, the Weinberg Food Bank and others…
- Education means speaking the same language and taking a hands-on approach:
- Several multi-lingual student volunteers will act as translators as necessary
- All families will receive a free food bag provided by the local food pantry
- All families will receive a vital health and oral health screenings
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 23 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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