Food & Nutrition
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
The American Red Cross provides services to active duty military members and veterans and people displaced from their home due to a disaster. Training in CPR, First Aid, Swimming Lessons, Lifeguard Training and other safety courses is available.
Athletics for Education and Success (AFES) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to help the youth and families of Fort Dodge and Webster County by providing hope and motivation for them. We aim to do this by any means necessary, giving the youth and parents the power to decide what they need, want and what may help them be successful. We offer our youth after-school programs, sports teams, mentoring groups, drum line groups, educational and cultural opportunities and much more. In addition to providing exceptional programming, we provide our youth with a sense of belonging and the determination to succeed.
Citizen’s Central offers active adults over the age of 55 a wide range of activities and entertainment, including social activities, games, parties, billiards, adult education classes, exercise equipment, health, and wellness activities (including yoga), and computer lab with Internet capabilities.
Lunch is provided five days a week through a Congregate Meal Program for a suggested donation for those 55+. Diners under age 55 are welcome–call for the cost of lunch if you are under 55 years of age. A Salad Bar is available to diners with a lunch reservation. Advance reservations are necessary.
Weekly activity/meal schedule can be found in the Lifestyle section of Sunday’s Messenger newspaper.
The Family Nutrition Program is a free program for households with children ages 10 and under and is put on by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach – Webster County. The program provides education on nutrition and healthy eating, food budgeting, saving money at the grocery store, hands-on cooking and food tasting, physical activity and free gifts. Graduates receive certificate and color cookbook. Lessons can be provided in the home. This series also satisfies 16 continuing education credit hours to qualifying childcare providers. Available in Webster and Humboldt Counties.
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.
Faith based global organization with ministry of providing emergency assistance to the needy through social services program. Services include food pantry, emergency shelter, emergency financial assistance, food & nutrition programs, and noon meal.
WIC is the nation’s public health nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under 5 years old. WIC is designed to designed to strengthen families by influencing lifetime nutrition and healthy behaviors in a specific high-risk population and provides nutrition counseling and education, breastfeeding promotion and support, checks to buy nutritious foods, immunizations and dental health screenings. This program is managed locally by the Webster County Health Department.