Healthy Parkland Initiative
In 2013, PLU, Trinity Lutheran Church and Emergency Food Network began working together on the Healthy Parkland Initiative– a partnership leveraging the unique resources each brings to the community and collaborating for an even better Parkland with improved healthy food access.
Our activities include: student volunteer opportunities and community engaged academic courses, increasing awareness of local food and nutrition concerns and research to discover new possibilities for healthy food access.
Each of these organizations has opportunities for PLU community members to volunteer their time in service and offers a community connection to learn more about food security in our local community. Please contact Rachel Haxtema to find out more about our PLU partnerships with these organizations.
Food sorting and re-packing bulk foods for over 67 local food banks at EFN’s warehouse – Repack Project
Setting up, registering guests and providing groceries at the Trinity Lutheran Church food pantry Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays – Volunteers interested in this must be willing to commit to a minimum of 3 weeks of consistent involvement. Contact Wanda Wentworth at Trinity Lutheran Church
Prepping produce, cooking, serving and participating in Trinity’s Community Dinners – third Friday each month (except December). Contact Rachel Haxtema to sign-up!
Events and Community Engagement:
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week – November 14-22, 2014
EFN’s annual Empty Bowls Event – November 22, 2014