For the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2015 (October, November, December), Food & Families Extension staff members utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
Informal Conversation Feedback
Informal Conversation feedback was secured during program delivery, statewide meetings and a questionnaire.
- Informal conversations identified a need to move away from typical worksite wellness programs and instead focus on sustainable efforts in the worksite.
- An informal conversation aided in identifying potential speakers in science related fields to present at the Women in Science conference. Feedback obtained via informal conversations has been taken into account and will be considered in future programming and the Women in Science conference.
Food and Families staff members are often invited to share updates on their programming efforts and/or promote actual programs.
- There were 4 requests for Food & Families Field and State Specialists to give programming in the area of Food Safety. Programs were requested for communities and worksites. One entity requested the Food Entrepreneur Program with a focus on regulations for food businesses in the home and licensed/inspected establishments. An online training program for employees of a dairy processing facility working in a food safety lab was requested. Food preservation classes focusing on native foods and community education were requested. 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. Food & Families staff members are working in collaboration with:
- The South Dakota Department of Health in conducting research specific to highly sedentary individuals in South Dakota. The research includes conducting phone surveys and focus groups. 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:
- Field & State Specialists worked with Operation Military kids to provide homemade, preserved applesauce to children of activated United States soldiers to be used with their Thanksgiving dinners. This interaction promotes a continued relationship with Operation Military Kids.
Participation in in-state networks allows the Food & Families Field and State Specialist to participate in knowledge sharing with our partners. These opportunities allow the Field Specialists to share their knowledge and receive updates on activities other state agencies are engaging in.
- Field & State Specialists offered a proposal for a Food Safety training for raw milk for human consumption to the South Dakota Raw Milk Working Group. The proposal was approved and will move forward in a draft proposal to the South Dakota law makers.
- The Team Nutrition contract was renewed between SDSU Extension and the SD Department of Education for 2014-2016. Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.
- Staff members were involved in the Better Choices, Better Health steering committee meeting led by the South Dakota Department of Health.
- Nutrition staff were asked to present at the HealthySD Stakeholders meeting in Chamberlain, SD on October 22, 2014 on their transdisciplinary project “PhotoVoice: Engaging the School Community in School Wellness Efforts”.
- Staff members were asked to serve on the planning committee for the McGover Hunger Summit to be held on April 15, 2015 on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus.
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.
- Food & Families Field and State Specialists were engaged in are the NEAFCS Dining with Diabetes Quarterly Video Conference, Exercise is Medicine Credential Workshop, and the National Food Safety Conference. These opportunities provide a place to network and engage in knowledge sharing.
- South Dakota is testing the evidence-base of the SDSU Extension curriculum called “iGrow Readers” at child care centers in South Dakota and Nebraska in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- We were contacted by the Arizona SNAP-Ed program for more information on the SDSU Extension curriculum “KidQuest” and how it could be utilized by their program in working with youth audiences.
Food & Families specialists are often able to utilize media to promote programs and information to the public.
- The Farmers Market manual was promoted at the Local Foods Conference and covered by the Argus Leader. As a result of this promotion and the media coverage, the USDA suggested that the Farmers Market Manual should be adapted for use in other states.
- Another opportunity to promote information came in the form of a radio interview to discuss the important of egg safety during the holiday time. Media and news coverage provides a greater reach to the communities Field & State Specialists are working in and across the state of South Dakota.