For the last two years, Floyd County’s School Health Advisory Board has administered a “5210” survey to all elementary students in the county. This survey helps Floyd’s Healthy Community Team gain nutrition and fitness data for children in kindergarten through 7th grade. The K-3 surveys are completed by parents. The 4-7 surveys are completed by the students. The results are shared with the schools and give greater insight into the prevention of childhood obesity.
Virginia Cooperative Extension provides educational resources for our community made available through the VCE website (http://www.ext.vt.edu/ ) and local programming. Programming addresses Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Financial Wellness, Gardening, and Youth Development to name a few. Some of the nutrition classes (home food preservation, food preparation and healthy food choices) are delivered by our Master Food Volunteers and Junior Master Food Volunteers.
Each day in kindergarten and first grade at every elementary school in Floyd County comes ‘snack time.’ Most children bring something to munch on from home. But a few don’t. Maybe they forgot or their parents forgot. Maybe the family budget doesn’t include snacks. But it’s no fun to sit at your desk with nothing when everyone around you has enough. So, Plenty! decided to make a change. Now every elementary school has a supply of snacks that a teacher can use for students who are empty-handed. Plenty! provides granola bars or cheese and crackers then re-supply as needed throughout the year. Plenty! is grateful that donations continue to flow in so that they can say, “Yes!” when partners ask for help.
More than 50 people gathered at the Floyd Country Store to learn and talk about the role of locally sourced food in nutrition and public school cafeterias during a SustainFloyd event. SustainFloyd partners with a series of other community organizations to carry out programs that promote healthy nutrition, the use of locally grown food in public schools and education about how food gets from farms to the dinner table.
The community learned about programs in Floyd County that are happening due to the work of SustainFloyd, Plenty!, the Floyd County Healthy Community Team, the Floyd County Multi-Disciplinary Team, New River Valley Community Services and other partners.
As part of the event, SustainFloyd honored and paid tribute to staff in Floyd County’s public school cafeterias. They work hard to feed the stomachs of our community’s children so that teachers can feed their minds. That week the Floyd County Multi-Disciplinary team delivered fresh fruit baskets to all of the school cafeteria workers as a token of thanks.
SustainFloyd showed the documentary, Cafeteria Man. “We hoped the movie would bring awareness to the importance of our school cafeterias in the health of our children and the challenges faced within our current system,” said Mike Burton, director of SustainFloyd. “Floyd is in many ways ahead of most communities and we wanted to highlight these programs and recognize the hard work of those feeding our children.”
Gardeners love sharing their produce and neighbors love receiving them. Plenty! helps bring them together. If your garden is growing more than you can use just drop off your surplus at Plenty! Plenty! has coolers to keep things fresh until they can be delivered directly to folks who don’t have transportation.
Folks love recapturing the flavors of gardens they used to grow with the fresh produce we bring. This year almost twenty ‘veggie visitors’ are bringing food and chatting on the porches of about seventy families.
Plenty! is grateful to all the farmers and gardeners of Floyd County for all of their support!