Tidbits is a monthly senior food program publication that contains features like healthy eating tips, recipes, and information about food distributions.
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We are changing the food distribution procedures to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. We remain committed to distributing food and addressing hunger, but we will be modifying our procedures based on public health recommendations.
Distributions will be modified to eliminate large gatherings and reduce social contact. Please note that these modifications are subject to change as new information becomes available.
If you pick your food up at a public distribution:
Private site distributions will also continue. We will modify our procedures for each unique setting.
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Protect Your Family from Food Poisoning
Food poisoning (or foodborne illness) happens when you get sick from eating or drinking something that has harmful germs in it–like bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Some common causes of food poisoning are norovirus, Campylobacter, E. coli and Salmonella.
Following good habits like these can help protect you and your family from food poisoning:
Reprinted in part from Health Finder. This content is not a substitute for medical advice from a licensed practitioner. Please consult your physician to see if the advice in this article is appropriate for you.
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Why Nutrition Matters For You
Good nutrition is important throughout your life! It can help you feel your best and stay strong. It can help reduce the risk of some diseases that are common among older adults. And, if you already have certain health issues, good nutrition can help you manage the symptoms.
Nutrition can sometimes seem complicated. But the good news is that the Food and Drug Administration has a simple tool to help you know exactly what you’re eating.It’s called the Nutrition Facts Label. You will find it on all packaged foods and beverages. It serves as your guide for making choices that can affect your long-term health.
Reprinted in part from https://www.fda.gov. This content is not a substitute for medical advice from a licensed practitioner. Please consult your physician to see if the advice in this article is appropriate for you.
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Celebrate National Blood Donor Month this January and Help Save a Life
Blood donations typically drop off during and immediately after the winter holidays, which makes National Blood Donor Month in January a critical time for the American Red Cross. Busy schedules, holiday breaks from school, inclement weather and winter illnesses contribute to fewer blood and platelet donations.
Since December, severe winter weather has forced the Red Cross to cancel dozens of blood drives, leaving hundreds of donations uncollected. This poses quite a challenge since the need for blood doesn’t take a holiday nor diminish because a snowstorm hits.
Eligible blood and platelet donors are urged to schedule a donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Help even more people by inviting your sister, daughter or other family members, friends and colleagues to donate too.
Reprinted in part from https://www.redcross.org. This content is not a substitute for medical advice from a licensed practitioner. Please consult with your physician to see if the advice in this article is appropriate for you.
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A Special Winter Announcement
As cold winter weather settles in, we all look forward to cozy evenings with family and friends. With that also comes awareness that cold weather can be dangerous. We sincerely want winter commodity distributions to be as safe as possible for everyone. To that end I’d like to share a few thoughts:
We strongly encourage you to arrive for your distribution at the scheduled start time. We stay at every site until all customers who arrived during the scheduled distribution time have been served. Lining up before a distribution starts is not necessary, and more importantly, is potentially dangerous in this cold weather.
Our truck crew is dedicated and works hard to get food out, even when the weather is bad. If we must cancel a distribution, we work to get the word out in several ways. Cancellations will be posted on our Facebook and local TV stations. If you receive reminder robocalls, you will also receive a call notifying you of cancellation. We will announce the day and time for a make-up distribution as soon as possible.
If you feel that it is not safe to travel for a distribution, please contact us at 989-386-3805 for other options. We may be able to serve you at a different public distribution or at our Clare Warehouse.
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Newsletter Excerpt: Diabetes "Superfoods"
“Superfood” is a term used by many food and beverage companies as a way to promote a food thought to have health benefits; however, there is no official definition of the word by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA regulates the health claims allowed on food labels to ensure there is scientific research to support the claims. The list of foods below are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber that are good for overall health and may also help prevent disease.
Beans: Kidney, pinto, navy, or black beans are packed with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. They are very high in fiber too. Beans do contain carbohydrates, but ½ cup also provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat.
To read the rest of the "Diabetes Superfoods" list, visit https://www.diabetes.org. The information contained in this article is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consultation with your doctor or health care professional is recommended.
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Newsletter Excerpt: Healthy Eating as We Age
Healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help to improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of well-being. Eating healthy has benefits that can help older adults. Our daily eating habits change as our bodies get older. Make small adjustments to help you enjoy the foods and beverages
you eat and drink.
The information contained in this article is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consultation with your doctor or health care professional is recommended. Reprinted in part from https://www.choosemyplate.gov.
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Newsletter Excerpt: Eating Right When Money is Tight
Food costs are on the rise. Here are tips on how to stretch your food dollars by planning ahead, budgeting, making smart food choices, and preparing low-cost recipes.
Reprinted in part from https://snaped.fns.usda.gov.
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Newsletter Excerpt: Meal Planning for One or Two People
One- and two-person households are a growing sector in the United States. According to the 2000 census, the U.S. has more than 61 million one- and two-person households. They all have something in common: They need to eat!
Sometimes, cooking for one or two may seem like it’s not worth the trouble; however, everyone needs a variety of foods to stay healthy. Homemade meals usually are more nutritious, better tasting and more economical, compared with restaurant meals.
The information contained in this article is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consultation with your doctor or health care professional is recommended. This article comes from https://www.ag.ndsu.edu.
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Newsletter Excerpt: Healthy Eating Conversation Starters
Sometimes a family member or friend needs encouragement to make a healthy change. Try these tips to start a conversation about eating healthy.
Say why eating healthy is important.
"Your health is important to me. I care about you and want you to live a healthy life."
"A healthy diet can help you stay active as you get older, giving you more time to spend with your loved ones and do the activities you enjoy."
The information contained in this article is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consultation with your doctor or health care professional is recommended. Information provided by US Department of Health and Human Services at https://health.gov.
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Questions? Give us a call!
Monthly customers will receive an automated call the day before distribution reminding them to pick up their box.
We are now able to sterilize boxes with UV light treatment. Clean boxes may be returned at distributions.
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