Healthy Nutrition Initiative
A felt need identified by the community is for improved nutrition through education and increased access to healthy foods.
Belong! collaborates with INOVA Healthy Plate Club to offer children a week-long course on nutrition education and healthy snacks. This summer, 26 elementary age children had a great time learning about healthy foods, how to read labels, and how to make yummy and healthy snacks. Each participant received a bag of supplies, including recipes and food items so they could experiment with their families to make and try new foods at the end of each day. As part of the fun, campers won prizes and t-shirts, and one participant won a blender!
Belong! partners with local churches and community volunteers to host a monthly Farmer’s Market at the Vienna Park Apartments, through which families can have access to fresh produce and enjoy community engagement.
Note: Due to COVID, this program has been suspended until further notice.