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Save Time AND Money: Eat Healthy with Nutrition Connections!groceries
Submitted by Champion, Christine Parshall

Learn how to:

  • Prepare quick, low cost meals.
  • Make your food dollars last longer.
  • Serve healthy food your family will really eat.

Nutrition Connections comes to YOU and is FREE to income-eligible families (families eligible for Food Stamps, WIC, School Lunch program, Head Start)

For more information, contact Christine Parshall at (603) 352-4550.

UNH Cooperative Extension
Cheshire County
800 Park Ave
Keene, NH 03431

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and NH counties cooperating.

FREE Cooking Classes This Fall in Keene: Real Food For Real People, Like You!Get Fresh Flyer
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire County Conservation District
The Cheshire County Conservation District will host "Get Fresh", free hands-on cooking classes, at The Community Kitchen of Keene, Saturdays this fall.  Stretch your dollar, the season, and ingredients using local produce.  Take a guided tour of The Farmers' Market of Keene and the Monadnock Food Co-op to learn about the Double-Up Veggie Bucks and Healthy Food for All programs.  Meet local producers, vendors, and food advocates.  Employ savvy shopping strategies that allow you to navigate the local food system on a budget.  Perfect techniques and flavor combinations that build kitchen confidence, invite improvisation, and encourage you to cook from the heart.  Create fast, fresh, nutritious recipes that nourish your body, soul, family and community. 

 "Get Fresh" cooking classes will be facilitated by Michael Hightower, passionate home cook and environmental educator.  The current class offering follows:

November 9 (10am-Noon / 3pm-5pm)
The Pie is the Limit:  Stress-free steps to yummy pies and perfect crust just in time for the holidays

To reserve your seat, contact Michael Hightower at (512) 431-9229, or, at least one week prior to the class you plan on attending.  
This project is made possible through grant funds awarded to the Cheshire County Conservation District from the USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program administered by the County of Cheshire.

Recognition 5K to Support Veterans
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Comfort Keepers

Comfort Keepers is partnering with Southwestern Community Services (SCS) to host Recognition 5K on Veterans Day. All proceeds will support the SCS SSVF.

comfort keepersThe SCS SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) program will begin October 1, 2013 and will serve annually approximately 55 Veteran households on the Western side of NH.  The primary function of this program is housing stabilization.  With intensive case management, we will also be able to provide financial supports to include rental assistance, utility assistance, moving costs, child care cost, transportation costs, and emergency housing costs.  This is intended to be a temporary (3-month) intensive program to stabilize Veterans in their homes or in new homes.

This worthy organization was picked to partner with Comfort Keepers of Keene and Milford NH to receive proceeds from a 5K Recognition Run/Walk/Wheel. Comfort Keepers is a premier provider of in-home senior care, and assistance to anyone above the age of 18 needing assistance with daily activities, enabling them to stay safely in their own homes.  Comfort Keepers also provides personal care such as bathing, toileting, and transferring- and so much more!

The Recognition Run will be held on November 11, 2013 and will take place prior to the Veterans Day Ceremony in Keene, NH. The 5K will begin at 8:30am after the National Anthem is sung and the Pledge of Allegiance has been delivered. There will be t-shirts and medals as well as food and beverages available and the hope is to raise awareness of Veteran’s needs and support programs that can assist in meeting these needs.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event or volunteering please contact Erin Bruce at Comfort Keepers by e-mail or phone 603-352-2227.

Take Your Place at the TableA Place At The Table
Submitted by Organizational Champions, The Monadnock Food Co-op & HM2020 Partner in Action, Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition

Click here to see a preview of the movie!

When we set our table with locally grown, locally made and nutritious food, choices that support our health and our local economy, who isn’t getting a place at that table? This fall and into the winter, our community will bring more attention to this question, by hosting a series of events using the film “A Place at the Table as the launching point for community conversations.  The goal is to inspire collective community action to address hunger, obesity and food policy, on both the local and national level, so that all individuals have access to healthy food and a great quality of life, our definition of a rich Local Living Economy.

Who doesn’t have a place at the table?  In the United States, fifty million people, including one in five children, suffer from hunger, while two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and adolescents are obese or overweight.  In Cheshire County, one in ten people live below the poverty line, while 28% of residents are obese.

But aren’t hunger and obesity separate issues?  Not in the United States, where there’s a strong connection between hunger and obesity in lower-income families living in underserved communities.  Why? High-quality, nutritious food costs more than unhealthy food choices. For instance, while the price of soda has fallen 33% over the last 30 years, the price of fruits and vegetables has increased by more than 40%.

Communities are working to address these issues by giving people better access to healthy food.  On Sunday, November 17th, 1pm at Colonial Theatre in Keene, you are invited to our community’s “A Place at the Tableviewing. This event is free and open to the public with a donation of fresh produce or canned good. After viewing the film “A Place at the Table,” we’ll highlight ways that our community is currently working to make healthy food more affordable and discuss action steps we all can take. 

Join us at the screening of "A Place at the Table", a nationally-acclaimed film underscoring the relation between hunger and obesity. Learn how you can be part of the solution. 
Join us by signing up online today!

For more information on how you can address the issues of hunger, obesity and food policy now, check out or call 855-48TABLE.  Take your place at the table, with healthy food for all.

Give it Up for Hunger: Hunger Awareness Week Nov.17th-22ndhunger week
Submitted by Organizational Champion, The Community Kitchen

Did you know that in the month of September, 900,000 Americans relied on food banks AND the Community Kitchen in Keene served over 5,403 people from our local community?

Give it up for Hunger during Keene’s Hunger week November 17th through 22nd by giving up your meals for a day to understand how it feels to have food out of reach.

Check out the FREE Hunger Awareness Week Events going on in our community!

  • Nov 17th-23rd: CANstruction: at the Monadnock Food Coop and Keene State College
  • Nov. 17th at 1pm: “A Place at the Table” film: at the Colonial Theatre
  • Nov. 20th 10:00 am-3:00 pm: The Community Kitchen Open House, 37 Mechanic St. Keene
  • Nov. 22nd 6:00-8:00 pm: Hunger Banquet: Mabel Brown Room at Keene State College

To donate, volunteer, or learn more about the Community Kitchen, please call (603) 352- 3200 or visit our website at

Organizational Champions WANTED for the Great American Smokeout!
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Wanted: tobacco free
Organizational Champions or worksites willing to be tobacco-free for ONE DAY* in exchange for a day’s worth of nicotine patches FREE for each employee who chooses to participate in the GREAT AMERICAN SMOKE-OUT November 21st, 2013!

As a Healthy Monadnock 2020 Partner, the Tobacco Treatment Program at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is celebrating the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout this year with a special offer to worksites that do not currently have a tobacco-free campus policy.

Any worksite that makes a commitment to be tobacco free for the Great American Smoke-out, the day in November that encourages tobacco users to stop for the day, will receive nicotine patches to support each participating employee.

For more information about how you can have a tobacco free worksite for the day or to learn how to join other worksites in the region that have already made a commitment to tobacco freedom, call 354-6513.

Teen Center Game Room OPENING!
Submitted by Organizational Champion, the City of Keene, Keene Parks and Recreation Center playing pool

Keene Parks and Recreation Center proudly announces the opening of the Teen Center– Game Room!

Where: 312 Washington Street
When: Monday-Wednesday 7-9PM

Come enjoy the new teen center!

  • We have four flat screen TVs, 2 Xbox 360’s, 2 WII’s!
  • Come hang out with your friends!
  • For High School Age students only!
  • The cost to play is $2 for Keene Resident and $3 for non-resident of Keene.
  • Recreation Center IDs, good through the school year, are available for purchase in the main office.

The Game Room will be supervised by KPRD Staff during those hours.
On Thursday evenings, there will be a High School night in the gym from 7PM-9PM offering fun, active games which will change weekly.

For any information on this program please call Meghan Spaulding at (603) 357-9829.
*This is not a school sponsored activity