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Increasing Access to Fruits and Vegetables: Leveraging Partnerships to Help Seniors

Overview
Organizer  |  Lee County Health Department  |  Heritage Area Agency on Aging
Subjects Covered  |  Senior Hunger
Target Audience  |  County Health Departments - Area Agencies on Aging - Senior Housing Staff - Farmers’ Markets - Local Retailers - Gardeners/Farmers - Food Banks - Congregate Meal Site Managers - Senior Advocates


Summary
Come to learn how two Eastern Iowa agencies are addressing senior hunger by improving access to fresh produce. Partnerships have been developed to support a produce box project. The Heritage Agency and Lee County Health Department will share lessons learned from planning and sourcing through distribution.  

Panelists
Tim Getty | Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, The Heritage Agency on Aging
Emily Biddenstadt | Community Outreach Coordinator, Lee County Health Department

About the Organizations
Lee County Health Department
The Lee County Health Department protects health, prevents disease, and promotes the health and well-being for all persons in Lee County. Our focus is on the population as a whole, and we conduct our activities through a network of public health professionals throughout the community. Public health nurses make home visits to families with communicable diseases; environmental health specialists ensure safe food, water, and housing; and all work with community coalitions to advocate for public policies to protect and improve health.

Heritage Area Agency on Aging
The Heritage Agency has the knowledge and expertise to help older adults, persons with disabilities, their caregivers and families address questions about aging in our community.  Our services are designed to support informed decision making and to empower independent living and access to long term services and supports.

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