This week we were invited to display some of the products we've produced over the years for the 2010 Eat Smart New York! Conference. ESNY is a great nutritional education program held all around New York State. It's free and the organization's job is to increase food security and reduce hunger. They work with kids and low income people to access food, understand a healthful diet in a way that supports American agriculture. It's a partnership between Federal, State and the County levels of government. They all work together with community agencies and private businesses. They're all about self-sufficiency.
The place was packed with people, who you could tell were all very passionate about their work. Eager to learn new ways to help people within their districts. A lot of their work consists of traveling to different locations and leading classes at area cooperative extensions, individual homes, on-site agencies like senior centers and head start locations.
Here are the customized organic aprons some wear while leading the classes, the totes they use to carry their nutritional tools from place to place.
These are some food safety promotions we've done. They help with lessons showing the importance of rinsing and scrubbing vegetables using the promotional veggie scrubber, their customized colander and the personalized vegetable peeler. They ordered the refrigerator thermometer and the meat thermometer with their logo too. This helps establish the significance of keeping foods at a safe temperature for families. At the end of each class each attendee gets to keep each of the promotional health tools.
This healthy education program is funded through a federal grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Service. They don't have a lot of money and have to follow strict guidelines regarding the cost of each item, the message the product sends out, as well as it's safety.
I liked their conference slogan this year: Energy in Food, Empowered by Nutrition. Thanks Tarasha and Sandy for the honor to attend, it was really a great day. Special shout out to Ms. Cindy Walsh, thank you.