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  • Go Further With Food

    Gina Heckey|Mar 21, 2018

    Each year during March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month®, which presents a great opportunity to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food” which encourages us to achieve and experience the numerous benefits of healthy eating habits but also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Food waste is simply defined as when an edible item goes unconsumed. This can occur for many reasons. Retailers may throw out foods, espe...

  • Healthcare Scholarship Deadline Is Approaching

    Gina Heckey|Apr 20, 2016

    The deadline is quickly approaching for three different local scholarship opportunities given through the Foundation for Community Care. Jessica Vannatta Memorial Scholarship: This new local scholarship opportunity was created by Jessica’s father Greg Vannatta. The scholarship is awarded to a resident in Richland County and the surrounding area who is pursuing a degree in education at a college or university. Both high school and college students are eligible to apply. Healthcare Scholarship: The Foundation for Community Care Board of D...

  • Foundation For Community Care Now Accepting 2016 Grant Applications

    Gina Heckey|Apr 20, 2016

    In May the Foundation for Community Care’s volunteer Board of Directors will provide financial support for local healthcare. Each year the Foundation is able to offer grants by distributing a portion of the earnings from its Endowment Fund. Ensuring the Continuance & Quality of Local Healthcare Services is the mission of the Foundation for Community Care. “Each year, we strive to achieve that goal” stated Gina Heckey, executive director. “We are extremely fortunate to have great quality healthcare in our area and by providing grants for health...

  • Foundation For Community Care Partners With The Lodge For A Spring Apron Fashion Show And Fundraiser

    Gina Heckey|Mar 30, 2016

    The Lodge is proud to present “Out of the Kitchen & On to the Runway”, a Spring Apron Fashion Show and Fundraiser. Beautiful aprons, handmade, store-bought, and vintage, will be included in a fashion show on Sat., April 9, 2016 at Pella Lutheran Church. The money raised from this event goes to The Lodge Kitchen Fund to help purchase new ovens and other essential kitchen equipment. Donations are essential in replacing this equipment, so the cost of replacement does not get passed on to residents at the Lodge. Your ticket includes a won...

  • Foundation For Community Care Partners With The Lodge For A Spring Apron Fashion Show And Fundraiser

    Gina Heckey|Mar 2, 2016

    The Lodge is proud to present “Out of the Kitchen & On to the Runway”, a Spring Apron Fashion Show and Fundraiser. Beautiful aprons, handmade, store-bought, and vintage, will be included in a fashion show on Sat., April 9, 2016 at Pella Lutheran Church. The money raised from this event goes to The Lodge Kitchen Fund to help purchase new ovens and other essential kitchen equipment. Donations are essential in replacing this equipment, so the cost of replacement does not get passed on to residents at the Lodge. Your ticket includes a won...

  • Foundation For Community Care Now Accepting 2016 Grant Applications

    Gina Heckey|Mar 2, 2016

    In May the Foundation for Community Care’s volunteer Board of Directors will provide financial support for local healthcare. Each year the Foundation is able to offer grants by distributing a portion of the earnings from its Endowment Fund. Ensuring the Continuance & Quality of Local Healthcare Services is the mission of the Foundation for Community Care. “Each year, we strive to achieve that goal”, stated Gina Heckey, executive director. “We are extremely fortunate to have great quality healthcare in our area and by providing grants for hea...

  • Foundation Expands Scholarship Opportunity

    Gina Heckey|Mar 2, 2016

    Applications are now available for two scholarship programs offered by the Foundation for Community Care for new and continuing college students in the 2016-2017 academic year. The first program offered by the Foundation board of directors is the annual Healthcare Scholarship program. Richland County and surrounding area residents pursuing an education in a healthcare field who intend to live and work in the area are encouraged to apply for funding. “We want to encourage local individuals to pursue careers in healthcare and stay here or return...

  • Holiday Healthy Eating

    Gina Heckey|Dec 9, 2015

    The holidays can be a tough time for healthy eating. From the pies to the twice baked potatoes to the bacon wrapped everything, no matter which way you look there’s a reason to stray from your healthy diet. For some reason people tend to put off healthy eating during the Holidays, maybe it’s because their New Year’s Resolution is and always has been “start eating healthy.” The thing is, when you look up the definition of diet the first description says the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. When most people re...

  • Tips and Tricks to Stay Hydrated

    Gina Heckey|Aug 26, 2015

    As fall quickly approaches, it is important to remember that hydration is a key part of every day, not just hot summer months. The Richland County Nutrition Coalition wants to take a quick look at why water is important and offer tips on how to drink more of it. Without a stable flow of water, the human body is not efficient in the removal of waste and toxins, and is unable to properly lubricate joints. Severe dehydration can cause strain on the heart, causing it to pump faster to get sufficient oxygen to muscles. Water is not only essential...

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