The Polk County ISU Extension Office in Altoona is celebrating Food Day Oct. 24 by offering free cocoa and slices of pumpkin pie to the public. You may stop in for a visit to the office at 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, anytime from 9 am to 4:30 pm for this open house.
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. For more information, go to http://www.foodday.org/about.
“Polk County Extension is celebrating Food Day by letting the public know what ISU Extension and Outreach does to support healthy sustainable agriculture, homegrown food, and healthy nutrition in Polk County,” said Andrea Nelson, the Polk County Extension Executive Director. “Our nutrition educators, Melissa Elder and Mary Krisco, are baking vitamin-rich pumpkin pies and high-calcium cocoa to illustrate how delicious healthy food can be. We’ll be offering people a wide variety of free ISU Extension publications on gardening, cooking, food safety, food preservation, and saving money on food.”
Aside from providing research-based print materials, Nelson noted, Extension is chiefly known for its hands-on, practical educational programs, such as Master Gardeners and 4-H for youth. “People interested in sustainable agriculture, homegrown food, or experiential learning for youth would find a lot of wonderful opportunities here,” she said. If you can’t visit the office, you can find out more about Extension by visiting http://www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/
Since Food Day is a day to learn about food policy and hunger, the Polk County Extension office will also offer visitors advocacy information from the Iowa Food Bank, the Iowa Food Systems Council, the Des Moines Area Religious Council, and Eat Greater Des Moines. “There are a surprising number of things the average citizen can do,” Nelson said, “to help alleviate hunger and make our food system more secure, both here in Iowa around the world.”