Nutrition Taskforce

Healthy Franklin County Nutrition Taskforce

Healthy Franklin County Nutrition Taskforce

Healthy Franklin County is composed of key community leaders from the education, health, faith, business, nonprofit, and local government sectors. Our goal is to create and support healthy behaviors and lifestyles through education, awareness, programming, and access to services. These key leaders continue to identify value in identifying and strengthening efforts to address health and health care needs from a collective perspective.

Priorities identified: Access to Health Care, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Mental Health, Substance Use and Prevention; Early Childhood Education; and Adolescent Health.

Healthy Franklin County Nutrition Taskforce

Co-led by Healthy Communities Partnership and Summit Health to help Franklin County families increase their knowledge and consumption of nutritious foods, have better access to locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as giving them the tools they need to prepare these healthy options.

Contact For More Info:

Nickie Fickel, Community Health Manger Summit Health, 717-267-7561 or nfickel@summithealth.org
Karen P. Johnston, Executive Director, Healthy Communities Partnership kpjohn.hcp@gmail.com

2017 Meeting Minutes

2016 Meeting Minutes

2017 Meeting Dates

Sentry Trust building, 1:30 - 3:00

  • January 11th
  • March 8th
  • May 10th
  • July 12th
  • September 13th
  • November 8th

Nutrition Task Force - Workgroups

Food Insecurity - The purpose of the Workgroup is to ensure access to healthy food options within the community, by assessing the extent of food insecurity within Franklin County, compiling a master list of organizations that address food insecurity, and promoting the efforts and achievements of these programs.

  • 2016 Meeting Minutes
  • 2017 Meeting Dates
    Sentry Trust building, 2:30 - 3:30
    • February 8th
    • April 12th
    • June 14th
    • August 9th
    • October 11th
    • December 15h

Community Gardens - The purpose of the Workgroup is to promote the development and use of Community Gardens by identifying where community gardens currently exist, and developing resources for groups wanting to establish a community garden.

  • 2016 Meeting Minutes
  • 2017 Meeting Dates
    Sentry Trust building, 1:30 - 2:30
    • February 8th
    • April 12th
    • June 14th
    • August 9th
    • October 11th
    • December 15h

Community Initiatives - Nutrition

Homes for America for the Senior Nutrition Program. A Summit Endowment grant used to provide a senior nutrition program to the residents at the Tower at Falling Spring. They will partner with local farmers markets and restaurants to provide weekly continental breakfasts and bi-monthly meals from October through March.
South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. for Community Engagement on Poverty and Health. A Summit Endowment grant used to engage the community on poverty and health through conversations and community events.
Healthy Communities Partnership for the Kids POP Club. A Summit Endowment grant used to expand the Kids POP (Power of Produce) Club at the North Square Farmers Market in order to empower kids to make healthy eating choices and introduce them to where their food comes from.
Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness for the Healthy Eating Adventure. A Summit Endowment grant used to reduce obesity rates among adults and increase the amount of vegetables in diets of people age two and older.
South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. for the Gleaning Project. A Summit Endowment grant used to feed and nourish the under-resourced population of Franklin County with fresh, locally grown produce that would otherwise be wasted.
Wilson College/Fulton Center for Sustainable Living for the Vegetable Literacy at Fulton Farm program. A Summit Endowment grant used to expand the summer on-farm program, the North Square Farmers Market program, as well as further develop this curriculum, facilitate programs, and improve assessment tools specific to nutrition and on-farm education.
Boys & Girls Club for the Triple Play program. A Summit Endowment grant will be used to increase knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition, and physical fitness in children and youth. It also aims to help children increase their daily physical activity, increase their ability to interact positively with all youth and engage in healthy relationships, and to develop leadership skills.
Renfrew Museum & Park for the Eating With Your Ancestors program. A Summit Endowment grant used to teach healthy nutrition to families who have young children. Families will learn how to choose, grow, prepare, and cook healthy foods, thus promoting weight loss and helping to reduce childhood obesity.
Senior Nutrition Program – A senior nutrition program to the residents at the Tower at Falling Spring, partnering with local farmers markets and restaurants to provide weekly continental breakfasts and bi-monthly meals during the months of October through March.
Vegetable Literacy Program – To expand the summer on-farm program, the North Square Farmers’ Market program, and further develop this curriculum, facilitate programs, and improve assessment tools specific to nutrition and on-farm education.
Go Girls Go – Program to increase mental health and wellness by bringing girls together for pro-social bonding, mentoring, and education through health and fitness. To keep girls participating in organized sporting activities and interested in fitness activities that will significantly impact the incidence of depressive disorders