On average 10 learners in every classroom don’t have access to nutritious and affordable healthy meals. Food insecurity is a systemic problem in OKC and OIC is not excluded – we struggle to feed our families healthy meals.
For many of our students, the healthiest meal they eat during the week is provided by the federal food stamp program (SNAP) Today government assisted food programs like SNAP ARE BEING DE-FUNDED. Many hard working people are reliant on schools, food banks, churches for food assistance.
Health Literacy programming coordinator Blair Lanning says “We provide our community of adult learners with tools and resources we all need to live healthy, sustainable, lives.”
OIC Volunteers give back to our community by sharing real life skills, which learners can take home to nourish their own families. OIC’s health and wellness programs are available for the whole community. Community partners and volunteers help strengthen our community by sharing information like:
- Healthy Cooking Demonstrations
- Nutrition Talks
- Medical Literacy (blood pressure & mental health)
- Exercise (yoga & Tai Chi)
- Meditation (essential Oils & mindfulness)
- Gardening Skills
Health education programs teach sustainable life skills which promote health literacy throughout our community. We have plans to expand our health literacy programs next year by partnering with OSU master gardeners and eventually building out our space to include a fitness room.
OIC health literacy programming prevents hunger, generational poverty, and chronic diseases within our community.
OIC Executive Director, DesJean Jones says, “As we prepare citizens for their next steps through GED and computer training, healthy living and nutrition must be a part of the equation.”
Please consider making a donation to OIC today! Your support will helps us grow our programs. We need your donation today to fuel our future tomorrows.