For the third quarter of 2014 (April, May, June), Food & Families Extension staff members have utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
Food & Families Field and State Specialists held caring conversations as they engaged in networking activities and/or program delivery in South Dakota communities. The conversations identified a need to rotate meeting locations for the Senior Information Network in Rapid City, the need for increased knowledge of financial paperwork for families, and the need to utilize social media to provide health information to the public. Additionally, conversations were held regarding, canning meat, the food safety recall of fresh peaches, testing pressure canner gauges, food processing formulations, regulations and equipment, and the labeling of food products from home kitchens and licensed kitchens. As a result of the caring conversations, Food & Families Field and State Specialists will rotate locations of Senior Information Network meetings in Rapid City to provide a greater reach, promote knowledge sharing amongst families, engage in networking opportunities and utilize social media to provide information on health to the public.
Informal Conversation Feedback:
Informal Conversation feedback was secured during program delivery and phone conversations. Feedback was given about the development of partnerships between Black Hills State University, Enactus and TeachSD. The feedback has been taken into account and a partnership has been developed between Black Hills State University, Enactus and TeachSD.
There were nine requests for either new programs or presentations in the areas of Food Safety, Nutrition, & Gerontology. Presentations were requested for university classrooms, community organizations, military camps, associations, businesses, food pantries and food banks. These entities have requested Age & Disability Awareness Training, Financial Literacy Training, ServSafe, food preservation workshops, materials on certain fruits, food processing authority training, Share Licensed Kitchen Concepts, and Voices for Food. Food & Families Field Specialists have responded to program requests and have either delivered programs and presentations, or are in the process of designing programs and presentations to meet the needs of those who requested them.
Programs developed by the Food & Families capstone area are grounded in research. Field and State Specialists are either working on or have already completed thorough literature reviews or journal articles for use by communities and/or scholars. Field Specialists have begun preliminary planning and developed applications for grant funding that will focus on the development and sustainability of Wellness Coalitions in select communities in SD. Prior to beginning programs in SD communities, field and state specialists have conducted the following research surveys during this quarter: assessment of types of food offered and nutrition education provided by food pantries in SD. Additionally, preliminary discussion has begun about potential research projects involving graduate and undergraduate students regarding the Worksite Physical Activity Policy project.
Field and State Specialists will utilize the data collected to create sustainable, research-based programs in South Dakota communities.
Non-Profit and Foundation Interaction:
The Food & Families Program promotes interactions with both non-profits and foundations. As a result of promoting this interaction, a relationship with a new non-profit has been forged. The Minneluzahan Senior Center has discussed the opportunity for TeachSD as a potential program for their senior center.
Participation in in-state networks allows the Food & Families Field and State Specialists to participate in knowledge sharing with our partners. Some examples of opportunities we were engaged with in sharing knowledge included: Senior Information Network, Census Bureau, Workwell Summit, SD Department of Health Healthy SD Stakeholders Spring Meeting, Aging Well Conference, the Healthcare Physical Activity Advisory Group, the South Dakota Raw Milk Working Group, NashFinch Grocery Store Convention, the SD Dietary Managers Conference, SD Department of Health, the Department of Public Safety, and the South Dakota Food and Drug Administration.
These opportunities allow our specialists to share their knowledge but it also educates them on activities other state agencies are engaging in.
Food & Families specialists engage in national networking and knowledge sharing with other state Extension systems or other partners. One example of utilizing national networks is the Voices for Food grant, which is a multi-state USDA grant that works with Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio. Further examples of opportunities we were engaged with in networking and sharing knowledge included: International Conference on Health, Wealth and Society, Global Summit on Physical Activity and Youth, National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, and the National Endowment of Financial Education. Engaging in national networking allows our specialists to stay up to date on current research and programming.