Families looking to eat healthy in the Wadena area won't have to look far this summer, with several programs helping to provide healthy eating opportunities.

Back this year is "One Vegetable, One Community," a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota's SNAP-Ed program, Wadena County Public Health, Health4Life, The Wadena Library, The Wadena Farmers Market, Pete's Nursery, and a host of sites, who carry the free seed packets. This year's vegetable was revealed as Summer Squash, including Zucchini. The community is invited to share in growing and using each year's veggie in healthy recipes. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/UMNovoc/.

Also back at the Wadena Farmer's Market is the PoP Program (Power of Produce), inviting all kids from 4-16 to pick up a $2 token every Friday to spend on the item of their choice, with sign up at the market. Classes will also be held to inform customers on purchasing food, stretching their food dollar, and learning how to double their money by using their EBT cards to purchase fresh foods.

Small garden plots are available for families at the Wadena Community Garden in Sunnybrook Park. Many free seeds and instructions on planting go with the plot.

Cooking Matters Go Fresh Wadena offers an opportunity to families with children who may not always be able to afford fresh, healthy foods, or know how to prepare them. A series of seven classes will be held on Fridays from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., starting in July. Ingredients for the recipes, and vouchers to spend at the Wadena Farmers Market will be given after the classes, along with small kitchen tools.

Those interested in signing up for any of these opportunities, or to volunteer for the Cooking Matters class, can call Marilyn Hofland, SNAP-Ed Educator, at 218-639-9583, or send an email to hofla001@umn.edu.