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Putting Knowledge to Work!
The West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources; 4-H and youth development; food and nutrition; health and wellness; financial planning; and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Marion County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.
Marion County Highlights
On Monday, March 5, 2018, during the teachers’ work stoppage, many of Marion County WVU Extension Service’s volunteers pulled together to hold an open feeding site at a local church that was within walking distance of surrounding neighborhoods. A meal of grilled ham or turkey and cheese was provided along with carrots, apples and milk. Unsure of the anticipated turnout, the group prepared for 200. While not many made it to the site, lunches were bagged and delivered to several sites helping with children during their time out of school. Any remaining food was donated to the local mission.
A multitude of kid’s markets were hosted in Marion County in 2018. Kid’s markets provide on-site lessons on healthy foods and an opportunity for children to “shop” for fresh fruits and vegetables. By making healthy food fun and providing easy access, the program increases interest and consumption of fruits and vegetables. Six markets were hosted at Marion County Head Start centers, reaching a total of 200 children.
A series of kid’s markets is underway for the 2018 to 2019 school year at East Park Elementary School. Markets were held in November and December at East Park Elementary reaching roughly 350 children each. Each market provides 2,500 pounds of produce and 50 bags of non-perishable food to the school. In 2019, nine more school-wide markets will be held at East Park Elementary and Fairview Elementary. Evaluation results of recent markets demonstrate an increase in fruit/vegetable consumption among children and families because of the program.