Local church group donates to WMC for Farmers Market Program

Released: 07/16/18

The local chapter of Church Women United donated their “Least Coin Collection” to the WMC Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program this season. Seated, left-right: Angie Pellett, WMC Clinical Dietitian and Sandy Kittelson (Decorah Lutheran Church). Standing, left-right: Sue Zbornik, WMC Director of Nutrition Services, Sherry Schilling (First United Methodist Church), Pam Ransom (First United Methodist Church), Diane Sadler (St. Benedicts Catholic Church) and Marilyn Holland (Congregational U.C.C.). Not pictured: Ann Naslund (Good Shepard Lutheran Church).

Since before the 1960s, women from six local churches have gathered as Church Women United to make a difference in Winneshiek County. One of their initiatives, called “Least Coin Collection,” encourages the women to collect pennies, and on May Friendship Day, donate the proceeds to a local charity.

This year, the women donated $366.21 to Winneshiek Medical Center’s Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program.

The Winneshiek Medical Center Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program is funded by The United Way of Winneshiek County, with participating vendors from the Decorah Area Farmers Market. Participants receive $10 in coupons for locally grown fruits and vegetables and there are limited coupons available each season, based on the funds available. Angie Pellett, RD, LD, clinical dietitian at Winneshiek Medical Center and coordinator of the program says, “The Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program promotes healthy eating and supports our local growers at the same time. I encourage all seniors to take advantage of this program as a way to incorporate fresh, healthy foods into their diet. The Church Women United donation allows 36 more local senior citizens to receive coupons this summer.”

Recipients of these coupons must be Winneshiek County residents, age 65 and older, and bring proof of their residency and age to the distribution site. A Winneshiek Medical Center Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program ID card or driver’s license are both acceptable identifying documents. If seniors received 2017 coupons, they are asked to bring their yellow Winneshiek Medical Center Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program ID card to help coordinators evaluate the success of the program. There are no income guidelines to participate in this program.

Coupon Distribution

The first distribution of coupons was held in June. A second distribution of coupons will take place on Wednesday, August 1 at the Decorah Area Farmers Market from 3:00-4:30 pm. (Senior citizens who received coupons in June are eligible to receive a second packet of coupons).

For more information on the Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program, call 563-387-3158.

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