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Thursday, July 11, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Five Norwalk United Methodist Church's Lunch In The Park Program Benefits Norwalk Residents The Norwalk United Methodist Church offers a free Lunch In The Park every Friday this summer, through August 16th. Lunch is served from 11-1 at the City Park, 907 North Avenue, each Friday, and includes free food, great games, and fun activities. On Friday, June 28th, the church served 145 guests at the park, with chicken nuggets as the main part of the meal. Offered every week are peanut Photos by Jason Williamson the kids and goes table to table telling it during the meal. In addition, the church supplies footballs, basketballs, and soccer balls For the kids to play with while in attendance. The crowd is mainly kids, with lots of morns and dads with their children, and there are other adults that join the group each week. This particular week also included volunteers from UnityPoint Health who assisted with the program. butter and jelly sandwichps as an option, in case The N/Warren Town and County igws was proud' to someone prefers that. here are also grapes, sponsor this week s lunch as well - watermelon or applesauce, cheese sticks, carrots, All community members are welcome to join us for chips, homemade cookies arid a drink available for these Friday lunches. Call the Norwalk United each attendee. Methodist church office with-questions, at 515-981- A volunteer prepares a fun story each week for 4251. Qualifying Iowans CankNow Use WIC Coupons at Many Farmers Markets, Including Norwalk's Farmers" Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) used to make benefits available to more than 26 000 coupons are now available for;eligible WIC recipients and low-inoame seniors. The WIC and Senior FMNPs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands through October 31st, 2019. 'The WIC and Senior 'Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are unique because the vouchers can only be used at Iowa farmers markets," said Iowa eligible WIC recipients this year. The WIC agencies are distributing checks and nutritional education information now. Eligible individuals can visit idph.iowa.gov/Contact-Us for more information, i About the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program: The Senior Farmers Market NutritiOn Program provides ten checks valuSd:at $3 eacl eligible individuals. The checks are available through the Area Agency on Aging offices and are offered on a Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. "This helps, first-come, first-served basis. support local food production and makes healthy fruits and vegetables available to all Iowans." It's estimated that more than 650 Vendors participate in the WIC and Senior FMNPs each year. More than $3,750,000 in WIC and Senior FMNP Dollars have been redeemed Over the past five years. The Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are administered through the Iowa Department of Representative Stan Gustafson Releases New Law Information Rep. Stan Gustafson (R-Cumming) released information on a few notable bills that were passed during the legislative session which went into effect on July 1st, 2019. "We had a productive session and passed a number of new laws that will improve education, increase access to health care, and make our communities safer," said Rep. Gustafson. "I am looking forward to meeting with constituents over the coming months as we prepare for the 2020 session." According to Rep. Gustafson, the following is a brief list of bills that took effect on July lst: House File 772 - Empower Rural Iowa Act This law creates a broadband grant program to expand reliable internet access to rural and underserved areas of the state. It also makes changes to and provides additional funding for the Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program to spur development of affordable housing in rural Iowa and areas impacted by this spring's severe flooding. House File 637 - School Employee Misconduct Reporting Period This law improves school safety by requiring a school district to report any instance of action taken against a licensed employee for misconduct.to the Board of Educational Examiners within 30 days. Under current law, no deadline existed to report this information to the Board. Senate File 159 - Recruiting High Quality Teachers This law requires the Department of Education to align Iowa's teacher preparation assessment criteria more closely with neighboring states. It, also provides for a one-year license forthose who have completed their prep programs, have been offered a teaching contract, but have notyet passed theassessment. These updates will help address the teacher shortage and ensure high quality educators in Iowa. House File 532 - Medical Residencies This law requires taxpayer-funded medical residencies in Iowa to give=priority to applicants that have an Iowa connection. It also requires primary care residencies, including psychiatry, to provide the opportunity to participate in a rural:rotation to expose medical residents to rural areas of Iowa. Senate File 113 -OWI Habitual Offenders This law makes our roads safer by allowing a person charged with a 3rd offense OWI to be charged as a habitual offender. This would triple the time they could be required to serve in prison and improve highway safety by keeping repeat drunk.drivers off the roads. House File 692 - Absentee Ballots : This law makes a number of election Changes. Most notably, it implements the statewide use of postal service barcodes to determine the date that an absentee ballot was placed into the federal postal service. This will ensure that all legally-cast ballots are counted and not disqualified because of delays from the postal service. A more detailed list of laws can be found at www.iowahouserepublicans.com. A combination of state and federal funds will be: ed to make benefits available to more than 19,200 eli ble seniors this year. The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are distributing checks and nutritional education information now. Visit iowaaging.gqv/area-agenc es- aging or call the Iowa Department on Aging at (8 0) 532-3213 to learn more. Many vendors at our Norwalk Farmers Market Agriculture and Land Stew ardship in partnership (Fridays in the Ace Hardware parking lot) accept t . ese with the Iowa Department of'Public Health and Iowa checks from WIC and low income seniors. Department onAging. For more information contact Paul Ovrom at 515-242-6239 or Paul.Ovrom @iowaagriculture.gov. About the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program: The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible WIC recipients with nine checks valued at $3 each The checks will be ' . distributed stiatewide on a first-come, first.served 'ii.i .'basis. Eligible :individuals may pick up checks at arranged appointments or at regularly scheduled clinic appointments. A combination of state and federal funds will be Looking to Upgrade your Business or Workplace to L.E D.s? Call for a free estimate EcoLogix LED Lighting Solutions Frank Thomas ( 515)313-8 7 5 7 Fthomas@EcoLogix.biz MidAmerican Energy Rebates Still Available! I Have a news item for the paper? Send it to us by email at news@norwalknewspaper.com ' i i| It PAYs To Advertise .Are you looking for a great way to promote your business or organization?Try advertising in our Business Directory on the back page of our paper. 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