The UT/TSU Extension Office received funds through the Rural Child Poverty Center in Kentucky to work on reducing child food insecurity by improving Child Nutrition Assistance program coordination with other nutrition assistance programs and services that are already being implemented in the county. The nutrition programs specifically identified to be targeted include Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP). Sarah Ransom, University of Tennessee Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, said, “While these funds are coming through our local office, we want to make sure the county knows this is something for everyone. We are working with several partners to make sure the funds are going to be spent in ways the county can use right now as well the years to come. We are very excited to be blessed with this opportunity to work with a new audience and are looking forward to the new partnerships we are building because of this funding.”
The newest resource available for the county to use is the website with a calendar feature. This website will be a place for organizations working with children and nutrition, and many others, to provide a place for families to learn more about what they do. The best part of this resource will be the calendar that will be open to organizations from every sector to advertise what they are doing in the county that is open to the public. The hope is that through this resource community organizations can cross-market programs better and provide the children and families of Johnson County with activities and resources to enhance their lives. The grant will also be providing resource guides, newsletter inserts, countywide mailings and much more so families across the county can be informed of various nutrition programs and things happening in their area.
Go check out the website at www.gojoco.org. Post your upcoming events for the county and share feedback! We hope to make this a great resource for the community. Check out our Facebook back at “GoJoCo – Healthier TN Johnson County TN Initiative” or our local Extension page at “UT TSU Extension – Johnson County”. We are excited to offer this in the county and look forward to improving the lives of families across the miles.