WEST ALLIS — The West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Group Providers Division is working to supply equitable entry to wholesome meals for youths this summer season. The division obtained an $80,000 grant from Nationwide Recreation and Park Affiliation to increase its present programming.
The programming will assist households who obtain Supplemental Vitamin Program for Girls, Infants and Kids (WIC) advantages.
In accordance with Feeding America, 1 in 7 youngsters throughout Wisconsin wrestle with starvation.
Shelly Strasser, with the West Allis-West Milwaukee Faculty District, mentioned 60% of scholars within the district obtain free and lowered lunch. As soon as these free meals go away in the summertime, extra help is required.
One department of the brand new programming known as Mini Entrepreneurs. This system will carry youngsters to the farmers market and “train them the best way to use the farmers market, have conversations with the farmers and likewise empower them to buy produce from the farmers market to take residence and make the most of,” Strasser mentioned.
WIC usually offers vouchers for farmers’ markets, however Metropolis of West Allis WIC Director Cheryl Davies mentioned they usually go unused.
“They do not know when the market is open, they do not have transportation to get there,” mentioned Davies of the boundaries households face.
The hope is the Mini Entrepreneurs program will assist familiarize households with the market. However they’re additionally taking it a step additional, and can begin offering supply providers for households who order farmers’ market produce on-line.
The funding can even enable the division to host weekly household meals at Liberty Heights Park.
“Our current summer season meals packages do not tackle the meals insecurity that adults in our group is likely to be experiencing, so bringing dad and mom collectively for this meal goes to assist with that,” mentioned Davies.
The meals can even be academic, and shall be a manner for the division to attach dad and mom with different meals sources in the neighborhood.
“Throughout that meal, we could have a nutritionist from the Metropolis of West Allis Well being Division that shall be offering diet training, doing style take a look at sampling, sharing recipes,” mentioned Strasser.
You’ll be able to attain out to the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Service Department for extra info.