Recognizing Oswego County Selects Four Local Nutrition Programs as May Community Champions

Recognizing Oswego County congratulates Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Summer Food Service Program, AmeriCorps, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Program and Food Bank of CNY on being selected as the community champions for May.

Each month ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.

The theme for May is summer food services and nutrition.

“We had four incredible nominations this month and selecting just one to honor was too difficult” said Abby Jenkins, co-chair of ROC and Program Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County.

The Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Summer Food Service Program is funded through the New York State Education Department, and provides free meals to all children 18 years and under.  Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a children’s need for good nutrition.  The program provides healthy meals to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months.

Oswego County AmeriCorps is committed to being part of the ongoing battle of childhood obesity in America through its fitness and nutrition objective. Through this program, AmeriCorps members develop fitness and nutrition activities for children at recreation programs and promote the value of a healthy lifestyle within local libraries and after-school programs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County nutrition programs provide nutrition education to eligible county residents in group and one-on-one environments focusing on:
• Making half your plate vegetables and fruits, making at least half your grains whole grains, and switching to nonfat or low-fat milk or milk products every day.
• Increasing physical activity.
• Increasing food resource management skills.

Food Bank of CNY operates all over Central New York to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education and advocacy. Here in Oswego County, they are particularly active with the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program which helps connect individuals and families with SNAP benefits (also known as Food Stamps).

“In addition to doing great work on their own, what is really impressive about these agencies is how closely they work together to coordinate their efforts to improve nutrition among county residents,” Jenkins noted.

ROC focuses on the positive efforts that are being made in the community.

Group members include representatives from a broad range of community organizations as well as individual community members.

The vision of ROC is “Working together, sharing our expertise, experience and resources, to focus on community awareness for healthier and more positive communities in Oswego County.”

Each month, the group selects a theme. Guest speakers are invited to attend monthly meetings to share the good work they are doing and nominations are solicited for Community Champions.

For the month of June, ROC is soliciting nominations of exceptional individuals or organizations working to improve the community in the area of “summer events.”

Nominations can range from a neighbor who organizes activities for local children to an organization that offers low-cost summer activities for families.

To nominate a person or group for recognition for June, contact Jenkins at [email protected] or 315-343-2344 ext. 21.

Nominations are due by June 12.

To learn more about positive things that are happening in Oswego County, visit Recognizing Oswego County’s Facebook page.