Rochester Hy-Vee dietitians Kathy, Kayley and Sara took part in the School Age Child Care (SACC) “I Tried It” event at three different elementary schools on July 31. Each dietitian was assigned to a Rochester elementary school: Ben Franklin, Sunset Terrace and Gage. Each of the schools included approximately 250 students.
During this presentation children used their five senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. After learning about the produce, they had the opportunity to try each one to see how they taste. Each dietitian brought rainbow baby carrots, cauliflower, jicama, pomegranate seeds and mango. Students were encouraged to try a new fruit or vegetable and received an “I Tried It” sticker.
For the second year in a row, your Rochester Hy-Vee stores are partnering with Channel One on the Fresh Funds program. Our goal is to fill the food shelf with fresh, nutritious foods.
Throughout the month of April, customers will be invited to donate $5, $10 or $20 at checkout. The money is then deposited into a separate account for Channel One. The food shelf receives 100 percent of the total amount collected and will use the funds to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products for the food shelf clients.
In March 2016, the Rochester Hy-Vee stores successfully raised a total of $3,974.60 through the Fresh Funds program.
Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf currently serves 100,000 individuals throughout 14 counties. Every month, 3,400 local families visit the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf.
The Fresh Funds program is intended to help reduce hunger and obesity in Olmsted County. It was adapted from Living Healthy in Washington County – Fresh Green Buck$ and is supported by the Olmsted County Statewide Health Improvement Program and Minnesota Department of Health.