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Central PA FUN (Food: Understanding Nutrition) Initiative

The Central PA FUN (Food: Understanding Nutrition) Initiative will be focused on improving health literacy around food & nutrition in six counties in central Pennsylvania. Based on a partnership between the District Library Centers in Altoona and Johnstown, this project would serve residents of Indiana, Cambria, Somerset, Blair, Bedford & Huntingdon Counties. The Initiative has two main areas of focus: improving access to quality cooking & nutrition information & resources; and increasing family nutrition literacy. To improve library collections we will invest in quality physical and electronic resources around health, food and nutrition; improve linkages between library websites and resources like MedLine Plus; provide information about programs like All Of Us and SciStarters to libraries & library users; and finally provide training on all these resources to library staff members so that they are prepared to assist the public. To improve family nutrition literacy, we will create a book club program for families to get more resources & skills around food and nutrition. It will be a hybrid phone/electronic book club where families sign up and get physical books & cookbooks and attend discussions via phone or internet to hear a speaker & discuss their experience with cooking healthy food as a family. To improve the diversity of our audience, we will diversify our advertising efforts to ensure that families without an internet connection hear about the program. All components of the program will be accessible without an internet connection.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Children
Men
Teens
Women
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
Suburban
Urban
All of Us
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Project Lead:
Katie Greenleaf Martin
Funding Source: 
MAR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$15070
Funding Period:
Nov 1, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded