Updates

This was such a fun week for me. I really enjoyed getting the students and staff involved in building awareness for Fight Childhood Hunger Week. The kids were very kind and courteous!
April 27, 2017
Fight Childhood Hunger Week has been both challenging and exciting. At the elementary school we had a riddle competition in which a food-related question was posed each day in the announcements and the first letter of each day's answer spelled out the word F*O*O*D. Quite a few students came up with the correct answer, so a winner was chosen from among them via a drawing.
April 27, 2017
It is my hope that students left the exercise equipped with a little more knowledge as to why hunger exists, what it looks like, and how it might impact families in Helena so that they can advocate for themselves and others as they grow into adulthood.
April 27, 2017
I have teamed up with a group of motivated high school students to host an event, “Lets Fight Childhood Hunger on the Blackfeet Reservation 2017”. The event will take place in the high school cafeteria/auditorium on April 20th, 2017. We have not yet finalized our menu but are hoping to showcase our own healthy, traditional source of protein: the buffalo.
March 28, 2017
A few weeks ago, 250 AmeriCorps members gathered in Helena for Montana's 8th Annual Serve Symposium. This is a three-day event where the members perform service projects, attend workshops, listen to guest speakers, and execute a disaster simulation to top off the week. Although the week was long and action-packed, I found it to be quite valuable. My workshops ranged in topic, including concepts like community organizing, creating a collective impact, working in the non-profit sector, the psychological stages of the AmeriCorps service experience, and measuring poverty. I felt particularly inspired by my peers.
March 27, 2017
I am hosting a Cooking Matters at the Store tour during the first part of April​ and a family dinner on the 27th that month. The dinner project, an effort to reconnect families around the dinner table, inspires meaningful interaction​, repairing broken down family structures. The Cooking Matters at the Store tour teaches struggling parents to make healthy choices in the store and get the most out of their shopping dollars. Exciting and fulfilling, both projects have the potential to effect lasting, positive​ change.
March 27, 2017
Over the last couple weeks, I have focused on promoting summer meal programs as well as coming up with ideas and activities for the summer meal event kickoff. I have also been focused on how I can increase participation for the school breakfast program.
March 27, 2017
Working with Jenn, the director of the Afterschool Program at W. F. Morrison (the elementary school in Troy) we secured a $2000 grant from No Kid Hungry and a five year reimbursement award from CACFP (the Child & Adult Care Food Program) to implement the transition from an afterschool snack to a complete meal.
February 06, 2017
An overwhelming number of respondents spoke about their wish for ‘neighborliness,’ and to feel a stronger connection to their peers and fellow community members. This was striking to me, and gave me motivation in my pursuits, to not only fulfill my objectives of food access, nutrition education, and community awareness, but also to foster sociability and friendliness throughout my service.
February 06, 2017