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Help Older Iowans WIN, Outreach Helps Reduce Hunger

ISU Extension WIN ProgramCourtesy of the Dallas County ISU Extension Office:

Help Older Iowans WIN, Outreach helps reduce hunger

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in nutrition and health, Mary Krisco, is looking to recruit volunteers from Dallas County to become WIN Program volunteer educators.

WIN (Wellness and Independence through Nutrition) is an outreach project to reduce hunger in the lives of underserved mid-life and older Iowans with limited incomes.

In Iowa’s population, adults who are 50 years or older comprise 35% of the population, according to the last U.S. Census. Of this percentage, 78% are considered “at-risk” or “at possible risk” for malnutrition, and 7% are considered “food insecure,” lacking access to affordable nutrition.

Nationally, it is estimated three out of ten people eligible for food assistance are not yet enrolled. Through WIN, ISU Extension and Outreach’s goal is to increase food assistance awareness, enrollment and usage. Increasing awareness of budget-friendly nutrition practices is also an essential part of the program.

The role of a WIN volunteer educator is to conduct interactive presentations about healthy eating and container gardening to Iowans age 50 years or older. Volunteer educators are asked to attend a 90-minute training at the Dallas County Extension office in Adel. Volunteers will be taught how to conduct the presentations and how to contact congregate meal sites, senior centers and other organizations to schedule these presentations.

The time commitment of each WIN volunteer educator will vary. Each presentation is 30 minutes, with about one hour of travel time, preparation and paperwork. For someone who decides to conduct two presentations a month the estimated volunteer time is three to four hours. All volunteers will receive 39 cents per mile as a travel expense.

To arrange for a WIN training session or for more information, contact Mary Krisco at (515) 957-5787 or

Already volunteering in a similar outreach program? Please contact Mary if interested in sharing WIN materials or showcasing a WIN display board at an upcoming hunger outreach event. View the ISU Extension WIN Flyer.

ISU Extension and Outreach Dallas County
28059 Fairground Road
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4281
Fax: (515) 993-1027

2nd Annual Adel Chocolate Walk May 2nd

2nd Annual Adel Chocolate WalkSave the date for the 2nd Annual Adel Chocolate Walk on May 2nd from 10-3 p.m. as you visit Adel for shopping, lunch and dessert!

Visit each of the 6 participating businesses to get your passport stamped and sample FREE chocolate! Recipes will also be made available at each location.

Gift basket valued at $50 given away from each business for people who collect stamps on a [...] Continue Reading...

Adel's Van Harden “Life in the Purple Wedge” April 7th

Van HardenCourtesy of Adel Public Library:

Come meet Adel’s very own Van Harden

Author, Inventor, Teacher, Radio Personality

Van will share stories from his life.

He will sign and sell copies of his book, “Life in the Purple Wedge.”

The book sells for $10.00 cash or check accepted. [...] Continue Reading...

Al Dente Toffee Lunch Specials March 23rd - 27th

Al Dente Lunch SpecialsCourtesy of Al Dente Toffee:

Adel's Al Dente Toffee Weekly Lunch Specials for March 23rd to March 27th:

Monday: Panini Meal Deal- any of our 4 regular paninis with chips and drink $7

Tuesday: Chili with cornbread and drink $6.75

Wednesday: NEW! BBQ Chicken Wraps with [...] Continue Reading...

2015 ISU Extension Week Prizes!

ISU Extension and Outreach Extension Week - Adel Iowa Courtesy of the Dallas County ISU Extension Office:

WIN ME! Be entered into the drawing to win our ISU Extension and Outreach prize!

Included is a lunchbox, water bottle, 4-H cup, youth large farming t-shirt, chip clip, ISU koozie and a loveable plush CY!

Be entered by [...] Continue Reading...

2015 Adel Holiday Flag Signup Time

Adel Lions Club FlagsCourtesy of Adel Lions Club:

Want to show some American pride at your house this year?

The Adel Lions will place a flag on your property for: Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran's Day.

The cost of this service is $20 for all five Holidays. Holiday Flags Sign Up Form. The Lions and the [...] Continue Reading...

2015 ISU Extension Week March 22nd - 28th

Dallas County ISU Extension Office

ISU Extension and Outreach Adel IowaCourtesy of the Dallas County ISU Extension Office:

ISU Extension Week is March 22-28

During March 22-28, 2015, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will celebrate the land-grant mission of putting the university’s research and resources to work throughout the state of Iowa, including in Dallas County. [...] Continue Reading...

First Adel Chamber Annual Dinner a Huge Success!

Adel Partners Chamber of CommerceAdel Partners Chamber of Commerce:

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ever Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Tuesday, March 24. The event was held at Park Place in Adel and over 125 people attended.

The members of the planning committee worked hard to plan a memorable evening that both celebrated the Chamber’s recent successes and [...] Continue Reading...

Doc's Hunt Club Still Has Room!

Do's Hunt ClubCourtesy of Doc's Hunt Club

Attention Doc's Hunt Club members and friends,

Doc's Hunt Club still has fields available for the last week of the season!

The weather is perfect for hunting, we have plenty of birds, so don't miss your chance at one more hunt this year!

Call today! To book [...] Continue Reading...

Penoach Winery Spring Open House April 18th

Penoach Winery Adel IowaCourtesy of Penoach Vineyard:

Penoach Winery will host a Spring Open House on Saturday, April 18th, from 12- 5:00 pm.

We will have snacks, free samples and wine specials.

Sunflower Catering will be at the open house offering gourmet cupcakes for sale and samples of their other products.

Our [...] Continue Reading...

Start Your Prom Night at the Basement Bistro

Basement Bistro Prom 2015Start your prom night at the Basement Bistro on the corner of Nile Kinnick and Rapids in Adel!

$10 per person includes dinner and dessert.

The meal will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and is only for ADM students and their dates that are attending prom.

The meal will begin with salad and garlic bread followed [...] Continue Reading...

Small Potatoes Farm - Job Opportunity

Small Potatoes Farms Minburn IowaSpring is fast approaching and Small Potatoes Farm in Minburn is ready to begin its 11th year as a certified organic vegetable operation.

Small Potatoes Farm hires a full-time seasonal employee each season.

If you are looking to work on a small direct-market vegetable farm, perhaps this would be a good opportunity for you.

Our farm is [...] Continue Reading...

Bike Trail Tourism Conference April 2nd

Common Thread Conference RRVTCourtesy of Adel Partners:

Common THREAD, a regional organization made up of the communities along the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail, is hosting their second Bike Trail Tourism Conference on Thursday, April 2 at the Hotel Pattee in Perry.

The theme for the conference is "Creating New Opportunities on Our Recreational Trails." [...] Continue Reading...

Iowa’s Hidden Treasures Event - March 26th

Dan Kaercher Hidden Treasures Event - Adel IowaCourtesy of Adel Public Library:

Adel Public Library Welcomes Dan Kaercher for a Iowa’s Hidden Treasures Event, March 26th, at 6:30 pm.

  • Founding Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Living Magazine
  • Award-winning career at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines
  • Iowa Public Television Host
  • Midwest Living Radio Magazine Host
  • Author of: Best of the Midwest, Taste of the Midwest and Parklands of the Midwest

Dan spent years traveling almost every one of [...] Continue Reading...

Brenton Arboretum Classes March 23, 24, 24, & 28th

The Brenton ArboretumCourtesy of Brenton Arboretum:

Hunter's Education Class
Date: 3/23, 24, & 25/2015
Time: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Event In Vista Room

Doug Beavers will teach Hunter's Education in the Vista Room. Contact Doug at (515)480-2505. - Login to Register

Dallas Center Pruning Class
Date: [...] Continue Reading...

Evening of Love Songs at Adel UMC April 25th & 26th

Evening of Love Songs - Adel UMCCourtesy of Adel United Methodist Church

The Adel United Methodist Church presents the 25th Anniversary of Evening of Love Songs.

Join them on Saturday, April 25th, for their famous Cavatelli Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 26th, is [...] Continue Reading...

2015 Annual Spring Cleanup April 11th.

Adel Spring Clean-up DayCourtesy of the City of Adel:

The Adel Annual Spring Cleanup & Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Saturday April 11th.

Annual Spring Cleanup - 7:00 a.m.

Items must be out at the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Large household appliances still require a $10.00 sticker (TVs over 30 inches require two), which [...] Continue Reading...