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April 30, 2013

Coalition works to boost county health

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Granbury and Hood County don’t appear to have as many farmers’ markets as Parker County, she said, which has markets in Weatherford, Annetta and Aledo.

Nieswiadomy, who said she has developed relationships in Hood County during the past year, said the team will host a town hall meeting in Tolar next week to attract the attention of farmers and spark community interest.

The team also hopes to connect with schools districts and supporting clubs, Ashley-Beck added, to try to get healthy options included at the concession stands serving athletic events.

Nieswiadomy said the team has created a produce bag with an assortment of 20 fruits and vegetables that is available to anyone in the community for $5, about half the price one might pay at a grocery store.

“We’ve been successful in setting up a food hub in Azle on the second Saturday of the month,” she said. “Recently, we sold over 20 bags in under an hour. The Azle Lions’ Club did everything: they manned it and sold it.”

Nieswiadomy said the team had also worked with Poolville ISD, Agnes Baptist Church and Poolville United Methodist church on the food hub concept, meant to become sustainable.

“We’re really wanting to grasp that attention and that connection with the community, where it can be that they own it, whether it’s a church or a volunteer organization,” she said.

“That’s the way we’ve been working with Poolville. They’re providing it as a supplement to their backpack program, and in Agnes, the pastor likes to provide it to his congregation on Wednesday nights. He orders 30 bags and sells it back to his congregation.

“We’re doing two things,” Poolville United Methodist Church Pastor Dave Goodrich offered. “We’re selling them to teachers in the Poolville ISD, and then if any are not snatched up, we sell them in the parking lot when school lets out.”

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