University Extension FNEP Program Associates Meet In Ava, Tour Heart of the Hills Food Pantry

The University of Missouri Extension Family Nutrition Education Program has meetings every month to keep Nutrition Program Associates (NPAs) updated on the latest nutrition education and all other information from University of Missouri.

This August’s meeting was held at the Heart of the Hills Food Harvest in Ava. Director Jana Hesterlee gave a presentation to the Nutrition Program Associates on how she runs the Food Pantry in Douglas County and how she has encouraged nutrition classes at the facility.

It was noted that most all NPAs do some kind of nutrition education at their local food pantries in the state of Missouri.

After Jana’s presentation, the NPAs from the southwest part of the state saw just how important Mrs. Hesterlee thinks nutrition education is in the Douglas County Food Pantry.

When the Heart of the Hills Food Harvest first moved into their current location, Hesterlee and Terri Fossett (then a Nutrition Program Associate and now the program director for the Southwest Region) talked about the best place for nutrition classes to be held on “food days.”

A cubicle was set up and University of Missouri research based classes have been going strong for many years for adults, including seniors.

Attending the session, and offices they serve, included: Barb Beck, Taney; Becky Boyd-Mills, Christian; Anita Collins, Texas/Howell; Christi Crisp, Wright; Theresa Dalby, Barton/Dade; Cindy Edmondson, office manager, Springfield; Gayle Fahrenbruch, Jasper/Lawrence; Terri Fossett, Ava, SW Region program director; Renee Hambelton, Ozark; Jacquie Howell, Barry; Sherri Hull, Greene; Angie Langston, Stone/Christian; Amanda McCormick, Stone; Jenni Nevatt, program manager; Mary Ann Pennington, Jasper; Becky Roark, Greene; Rebecca Smith, Douglas; Myrna Stark, Douglas/Wright; Eden Stewart, McDonald; Brandi Sutherland, Howell; Amber Williams, Webster; Randi Williams, office manager, Springfield; Marty Wood, Greene.