C.A.N. Thanksgiving – Christmas Season Food Drive 2016

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Feed the Need and make a difference in the lives of of our neighbors in Del Norte and nearby communities. For just $10, the Crescent City Safeway store will donate a pre-packaged bag of staple, non-perishable food items to the C.A.N. Food Bank. We encourage everyone to visit Safeway and help us Feed the Need and end hunger in our community.

Gift wrapped C.A.N. donation boxes are also located at the entrances to Crescent City Safeway. Please place non-perishable food in these boxes.

C.A.N. donation boxes are also located at:

• Wal-Mart (inside) • Java Hut Coffee Bar

• Tomasini‘s Restaurant (960 3rd St.)

• Vita Cucina (corner of M St. & Front Street)

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Canned Food Drive 

Please join Del Norte Association of Realtors this Thanksgiving season to make a difference for someone in need.

The D.N.A.O.R. food drive runs through Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

All collected items will go to C.A.N. Food Bank. Items may be dropped off at any local Real Estate Office.

Our own ‘invisible children’

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by Sandy Blakely, for the Del Norte Triplicate 

There’s a lot of buzz in the world about the firm, “Kony 2012” and the “invisible children” of Africa who are being kidnapped, brutalized and murdered by Joseph Kony and his army of terrorists.

While I would in no manner minimize those atrocities and the plight of the African nations being held in the thrall of Joseph Kony, I can’t help but think of the our own “invisible children” here in Del Norte County.

We don’t have a terrorist warlord brutalizing our children, but there is a segment of our population that suffers under the rule of a heartless despot and his name is “hunger.”

Food Drive at Starbucks: May 2012

For the entire month of May, CAN will take your cans – and other non-perishable food items. Stop by the Starbucks in Crescent City and place food donations in the CAN barrel. Nutricious foods, high in protein will do well to supplement the food boxes, and are sure to go home with someone who needs them. Donate things like tuna, beans, soups, low-sodium canned vegetables, and powdered or canned milk.

CAN meeting to focus on Community Gardens

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by Triplicate Staff

This Saturday, Community Assistance Network (CAN) and partners will be hosting a meeting for Del Norte County’s community gardens.

The meeting will be for all community gardeners — and anyone who wants to get involved with the gardens this year — to discuss plans for the coming season.

The meeting will be a chance to sign up for space in the local community gardens this year, meet other gardeners and organize gardens.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Wellness Center Conference Room located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Northcrest Drive.

 

Coastal Voices: CAN is in Transition

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by Angela Glore for the Triplicate

Community Assistance Network is in transition.

You may have read about the resignations of our executive and deputy directors in this newspaper. You also may have read that CAN was not included in this year’s Community Development Block Grant applications from Del Norte County or the City of Crescent City.

These and other events present challenges to our organization, but they are challenges we are working to overcome. Our Board of Directors and staff are pulling together to make sure that one thing does not change: Our doors are still open and we continue to provide services to the community.

CAN’s original and still-central service is its food bank. We supply hundreds of families with food every month. Low-income families pick up a box each month at the time they need it most. We distribute food boxes every week and that hasn’t changed.

We strive to put together nutritious, well-rounded boxes, but the reality is that finances sometimes get in the way. When we don’t have cash to order low-cost staples (rice, beans, pasta, onions and oranges) from Redwood Empire Food Bank, our boxes are filled with the donated food we have on hand. Boxes can be slim when donations are low.

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Stamp Out Hunger with the USPS

Every year the Postal Service holds a food drive. This year, Letter Carriers will be picking up foods along with outgoing mail on Saturday, May 12th. The foods collected will be divided between the area food banks of Rural Human Services and Community Assistance Network. More on this later, but if you’d like to get involved with the promotion of this event, with collecting or organizing the food, email lwelter@canbless.org.

New Playground in the Works

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by Angela Glore, Director of Food Programs, for Del Norte Triplicate

Current and former employees of the Redwood National and State Parks showed up in force to help unload 8,300 pounds of play equipment for the Wellness Center. Submitted

Current and former employees of the Redwood National and State Parks showed up in force to help unload 8,300 pounds of play equipment for the Wellness Center. Submitted

The community garden at the Del Norte Community Health Center will soon feature a beautiful new playground, the final big piece in a two-year project to expand the Wellness Center campus.

A Community Clinics Initiative grant from Tides and The California Endowment is financing the creation of the community garden, walking paths and the playground.

The concept is built around a holistic view of wellness in which healthy food and daily physical activity play big roles in health and wellness.

Open Door Community Health Centers, the Del Norte County Healthcare District, and Community Assistance Network are partners in both the grant and the work of building the campus extension.

 The project took a big step toward completion recently when the playground equipment arrived from Pennsylvania. The community came out in force to help unload the 8,300 pounds of slides, ladders and play structures. Installation will take place within the next few months, dependent on contractors and weather. Once complete, the playground will feature two play areas, one for younger children and one for older kids. Each area will have a walking path around it so that parents can keep an eye on playing children while also getting to exercise themselves

Kitchen Classroom

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Youths feed themselves in Sunset Class
by Kelley Atherton, Del Norte Triplicate

Maria Raya, left, and Jessie Rice serve up chicken wings at Sunset High School on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

Maria Raya, left, and Jessie Rice serve up chicken wings at Sunset High School on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

Some local teenagers are being taught how to cook from scratch so that they don’t rely on fast food for sustenance.

 The Food and Cookin’ 101 class at Sunset High School is a pilot project of the Community Food Council to give youths the skills needed to eat healthier, said Angela Glore, a member and director of food programs for the Community Assistance Network.

“The idea was to start with some basics: nutrition, food safety, things like that,” Glore said. Lessons have expanded into  teaching knife skills, budgeting and using crock pots — “how to go from money in your pocket to a meal on the table.”

On Tuesday, Sunset High School students were divided into various kitchen stations. Some were browning chicken, others were making honey barbecue sauce and the rest were preparing chocolate chip cookies.

“They chose the recipes!” said Tara Johnson, one of the cooking instructors.

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Volunteers Plant Saplings at School

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by Kelley Atherton, Del Norte Triplicate

Deborah Kravitz, left, the program coordinator for the Network for a Health California in local schools, and Sara Haug, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA, fill in dirt around a tree sapling. Del Norte Triplicate/Kelley Atherton

Deborah Kravitz, left, the program coordinator for the Network for a Health California in local schools, and Sara Haug, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA, fill in dirt around a tree sapling. Del Norte Triplicate/Kelley Atherton

About 40 local residents worked together Saturday to dig soil and rocks out of the ground and plant a crop of fruit trees for Mountain Elementary School in Gasquet.

In about two hours, 24 apple, pear, plum, peach and cherry trees were planted, creating an orchard for the K-5 school. In a few years the trees will provide fruit for the school and the Gasquet community.

The trees were purchased with a $500 grant from Jamba Juice that First 5 Del Norte applied for to use for Mountain School, said Connor Caldwell, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA who is a development coordinator for the Community Assistance Network (CAN).

The parent-teacher organization wanted a garden at the school and as funding was being collected, the Jamba Juice grant was discovered, said Michael Waddle, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA who is a community coordinator for CAN. Waddle and Patti Vernelson, the executive director of First 5 Del Norte, wrote the grant to develop an orchard alongside a garden at the school.

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