Celebrating Food Day

By Anne Steeves – Anne is a second year member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps (2010-2012) and is N Street Village’s Volunteer and In-Kind Coordinator.  Anne hails from Minnesota – land of 10,000 lakes – and earned her BA from St. Olaf College where she studied Sociology, Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. In her free time Anne enjoys to cook and one of her favorite dishes is quinoa stuffed acorn squash.

N Street Village celebrated Food Day, a national movement in its debut year, on Monday, October 24. Food Day has two goals: to inspire Americans to change their eating habits for the better and to improve food policies. A lack of knowledge about healthy foods and lack of access to healthy foods are issues that face our clients.

To learn more about healthy eating, N Street Village clients and staff came together to watch Super Size Me and enjoy healthy snacks provided by staff. Some of the snacks included grapes, pita and hummus, and lower-fat spinach dip with vegetables. Sounds tasty, right?

Another exciting thing related to healthy eating is happening this fall at the Village. Leah Muskin-Pierret, a high school senior, applied for an AnnPower Vital Voices grant to support N Street Village and won!  Her project focuses on healthy eating at the Village and will support purchasing and gleaning produce, the creation of a healthy cookbook with recipes from staff and clients, and the construction of a tool shed to keep garden tools nearby and handy for the Village’s garden group. Leah has rallied her friends to lend extra hands and skills to her project. We are grateful for her support!

In my time at the Village I have come to understand the importance of taking care of one’s self in mind, body, and soul. I am excited to see how our healthy eating projects take shape!  I look forward to learning from each other and growing our healthy habits together.

If you want to get involved in our movement to live healthier at the Village, email me at asteeves@nstreetvillage.org.