Our program, Eating Better Together, creates a more welcoming community by connecting individuals from all economic backgrounds to key sources of information and tools for healthy eating in Columbus. It addresses the food issues faced by the low- income members of our community, acknowledges that all community members can benefit from this awareness through activities that encourage us to all eat better, and creates opportunities for fun, peer- to-peer learning.
The classes will all be interactive and lots of fun! From cooking with kids to learning how to make stock and even how to save money by buying a whole chicken and learning how to cut it up yourself -- there's something for everyone. We want residents of all ages and backgrounds to cook & eat together, building an inclusive and strong community.
For more information please visit the Events page. To register, please email or call SaraBeth Drybread. firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-343-3588
Wednesday, September 19: "Cooking and Time Management"
Eastide Community Center, 10am-3pm
Tuesday, October 9: "Fannie's Pasta & More! Cooking with Kids"
Columbus East High School, 4pm
Wednesday, November 14: "Eating Better Together at Mill Race Center"
Columbus is ready for a downtown, full-service grocery store. But not just any grocery store -- a cooperative! Watch the video to learn about the exciting changes in Columbus, the importance of buying local when you can, and how we can create a stronger & healthier community.
Great news is worth the wait! As you may be aware, the board and members of our finance committee have been working tirelessly for the past six months with the goal of securing a fabulous site for our food co-op.
We were in negotiations with Cummins for a site at 315 6th Street, which had many wonderful qualities – such as the location and proximity to Viewpoint Books. That building would continue to be owned by Cummins Inc. We would pay for and do all the renovation and pay a modest rent for its use. However, as you know, parking in downtown continues to be a hot topic and the site could not offer adequate parking for our members. With the current and expected future growth of the downtown area, we were concerned about constraints it would put on the Co-op’s future. In light of our most recent market study, and together with our consultants, the board decided that this would not be a good long term choice for the Co-op. Our relationship with Cummins remains strong and we look forward to future collaboration with them as we work toward a store that will enrich the quality of life for residents of Columbus and our region.
The 2012 Farm Bill is currently on the Senate floor. This bill affects all of us and many of you have expressed an interest in learning more about the bill and what you can do to make sure we have a Fair Farm Bill. Here's a short, animated video and for more information, visit www.foodandwaterwatch.org
We would like to thank The Heritage Fund for awarding us, in collaboration with Eastside Community Center, the Welcoming Community II grant! Our program, Eating Better Together, will focus on cooking and nutrition for families, especially with lower income. The program will take place from September-November and we will announce the class dates soon! We are working with some fantastic local groups that will offer a wealth of resources. By working together, sharing our challenges, and gaining new skills, we can all Eat Better Together.