Author Archives: Zandra Alford

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    Tips for a Successful Voices into Action Mini-grant Application (Application Deadline: October 30, 2015 by 5pm!)

    Posted on October 23, 2015 by in Blog, Harnett County, Lee County, Wake County

    by Helen Herrera There’s only one week left to apply for a Voices into Action mini-grant! The deadline to apply for the 2016 Voices into Action Mini-Grants is October 30, 2015 by 5pm. This year’s application asks different questions than in previous years.  For this year, established collaborative partnerships and sustainability are the most important funding priorities. As […]

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    Listening to children

    Posted on October 16, 2015 by in Blog

    by Sarah Bowen Although our project is about families and the things that affect families’ and children’s health, so far, we have mostly talked to moms and grandmothers. These have been fascinating conversations, and we have learned so much from all of the women we’ve talked to: about shopping, cooking, parenting, and more! However, as […]

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    Why are they stars?

    Posted on October 2, 2015 by in Blog

    by Susan Jakes Someone once told me, the secret to making company for dinner feel comfortable, is to not be totally ready when they get there. This seems odd to me, but I love to have dinner with friends and am never ready when the guests arrive. When they come in and ask how they […]

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    Better Breakfast Day

    Posted on September 25, 2015 by in Blog, Blog en Español

    post provided by Lorelei Jones. September 26th (that’s tomorrow!) is Better Breakfast Day! What’s that all about? The answer to that question can be found in the results of research conducted on the benefits of eating breakfast. Studies based on the behaviors of all Americans – children, adolescents and adults – have shown these benefits […]

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    2014 Lee and Harnett County Mini-Grant Summary: Fit for the Purpose Zumba Classes, Shawtown Community Garden, and Wonder Years Childcare Garden

    Posted on September 18, 2015 by in Blog, Harnett County, Lee County, Mini-Grants

      by Madeleine Eldridge and Zandra Alford As the 2014 mini-grant funding cycle comes to an end, we would like to take this time to thank our partnering organizations for increasing access to healthy and affordable foods and safe places to be active in Lee and Harnett Counties. Over the past few months, we have […]

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  • VIA and EFNEP: Family Cooking in Lee County

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by in Blog, Lee County

    by Zandra Alford and Emily Foley This summer, 4 families in Lee County participated in an 8-week long family cooking class facilitated by Voices into Action (http://voicesintoaction.org/) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The class met weekly at the Lee County Cooperative Extension kitchen where adults and youth met in groups to […]

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    Fall Flavors

    Posted on September 11, 2015 by in Blog

    By Lillian MacNell With Labor Day behind us, and kids back in school, thoughts are turning to autumn. It may not feel like fall out there yet, but telltale signs are all around: nights are getting cooler, there are fewer peaches and more apples available, and “pumpkin spice” flavor is everywhere! And my favorite part […]

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    September is Hunger Action Month!

    Posted on September 4, 2015 by in Blog, Events

    by Debbie Stephenson September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community. You can help by making a donation, volunteering, or raising awareness to the fact that 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. The Food Bank of Central […]

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    2014 Southeast Raleigh Mini-Grant Summary: Poe Center, Passage Home, and Alliance Medical Ministry

    Posted on August 28, 2015 by in Blog, Mini-Grants, Wake County

    By Helen Herrera W.H. Davies once said, “the more help a person has in his garden, the less it belongs to him”. This resonates as I reflect on the wonderful gardens that the following agencies coordinate in Southeast Raleigh. I blush observing their beauty and feel warm watching the plethora of volunteers maintaining them. These […]

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    Harnett County 4-H Sweet Potato Gleaning Coming Soon!

    Posted on August 22, 2015 by in Blog, Harnett County

    Every year Harnett County 4-H (part of the Harnett County Cooperative Extension) hosts a sweet potato gleaning as a part of the North Carolina 4-H Hungry to Help Campaign to fight hunger across North Carolina. At last year’s event, 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were gleaned, of which 12, 000 pounds were donated to the […]

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