S.T.R.E.T.C.H. Materials

S.T.R.E.T.C.H. (Safety, Training, Resources, and Education to Combat Hunger)

Emergency feeding programs come in a variety of sizes and operational styles. Some are large with full-time trained staff members. Many are small and operate mainly with volunteer help. Regardless of size or staffing, all emergency feeding programs share a common goal--providing safe, nutritious food to people who might otherwise go without. The STRETCH card and information system is a self-assessment tool used to:
  1. help emergency food providers examine the strengths and weaknesses of their individual programs
  2. encourage programs to set goals and priorities
  3. provide information and education
Included is a set of 18 cards, associated fact sheets, a worksheet, and a follow-up survey. Although this tool was designed to aid emergency feeding programs, it can also be used with retail, commercial, or occasional food preparation or service establishments.

HTML-formatted versions, as well as, Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files are available for the STRETCH materials. The pdf files are identical in format to the original, printed materials and are preferable. If you do not have the free Acrobat Reader program, it is available for downloading from Adobe.

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Dates, times and locations of the mobiles in Hamilton Co for June and July

Date Time
June 5 Noblesville Hamilton County Fairgrounds 2003 Pleasant Street Noblesville 10a-12noon
June 12 Hamilton Heights High School 25802 State Rd 19 Arcadia 4p-6p
June 19 Sheridan Marian Adan High School 2024185 Hensley Rd Sheridan 4p-6p
July 10 Noblesville Hamilton County Fairgrounds 10a-12noon
Hamilton Heights High School 25802 State Rd 19 Arcadia 4p-6p
July 24 Sheridan Marian Adan High School 2024185 Hensley Rd Sheridan 4p-6p
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Did you miss the last IEFRN webinar about using the database and its resources? Review the recording here.

Curious about Food Policy Councils? This Purdue article by Dr. Heather A. Eicher-Miller and Briana Eicher examines the background, opportunities, and policy implications.

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