College Tours & Nutrition Lessons
Written by Yamhill County Coordinator, José García
In April, Dayton Juntos families learned about the programs offered through the OSU Extension Service in Yamhill County such as Master Food Preservers, Master Gardeners, and Food Hero. Guest speakers Maria Falcon and Jennifer Bunn shared with Juntos families some tips on how to eat healthier as a family by opting for nutritious, simple, and cost-effective recipes they can access for free through FoodHero.org.
Maria and Jennifer work with youth in the community educating them on the importance of carrying a healthy diet through the SNAP-ed and EFNEP programs. The families got the opportunity to try 3 recipes hands-on and the look on some of the kids’ faces when they saw the color of the Popeye Smoothie was priceless! But after trying it, they were asking for more. The three recipes were the Cowboy Salad, Magic Fruit Salad, and Popeye Spinach Smoothie.
Recently, Juntos families from Dayton, McMinnville, and Corvallis had the opportunity to tour the OSU campus. Students also had the opportunity to engage with college students during a student panel where they got to ask questions and listen to advice and experiences from OSU students. Parents were part of a separate panel where they got the opportunity to address some of their own concerns about their kids going to college.
On the way home from the college visit, everyone was very talkative and seemed excited from their tour. One mom in particular, Beatriz Maldonado, was relieved to find out that the college campus is not just for students. “I’m not so afraid of my son leaving for college anymore," she said. "I know he will be okay and I’m more confident in that I could visit him on campus.”
This Saturday these same families will have the opportunity to visit the Yamhill Valley Chemeketa campus and Linfield College.