River Valley Farmer’s Market

River Valley Farmer’s Market River Valley Farmer’s Market aims to increase access to local fresh food, promote local businesses, promote physical activity, support community engagement, provide health education, and connect families to needed services. The River Valley Farmer’s Market combines food sales with health promotion in a new way. The Farmer’s Market includes access to […]

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Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative

Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative (MHFCI) Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative (MHFCI) encompasses three projects that work together to bring healthy, local foods to people across the state: the FoodCorps program, the Farm to Cafeteria Network, and the Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition. Together, these projects work to combat childhood obesity, reduce childhood […]

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Community Protective Measures Program: The Soil Swap Program

Community Protective Measures Program The Community Protective Measures Program (CPMP) is a county educational program to address Superfund related community concerns. Their goal is to ensure a clean and safe environment for all residents of Anaconda through education and outreach. The CPMP accomplishes its mission of protecting human health through education, outreach, and providing a […]

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Fresh Food Initiative

RHI Profile of the Week: Fresh Food Initiative The Fresh Food Initiative aims to increase Montana residents’ access to healthy food and local products. The Fresh Food Initiative works on various activities, including: the Helena Food Share revitalization, distribution of locally grown food through the mobile farm stand; increasing nutritious food options through the Grocery […]

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Montana Harvest of the Month

The Montana Harvest of the Month (HOM) program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools, institutions, and communities. Each month, participating programs focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in at least one meal while displaying promotional and educational HOM materials. HOM is a perfect way to launch or grow […]

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Healthy Neighborhood Project

The Healthy By Design Coalition is a community health coalition working to make the healthy choice, the easy choice in Yellowstone County. Through an implementation grant from the Kresge Foundation, the Healthy Neighborhood Project team, in direct collaboration with a resident steering committee, is working toward the implementation of the Healthy Neighborhood Plan for the […]

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Success Story: Helena Community Gardens

Helena Community Gardens (HCG) provides organic vegetables to many community families with food insecurities through the Helena Food Share. In 2017, Helena Community Gardens applied for a mini-grant from the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) to use to extend one of the community gardens. After being awarded the grant, HCG purchased and constructed row covers for two garden plots […]

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RHI Profile of the Week: Food Bank Network BackPack Program!

Montana Food Bank Network: BackPack Program The BackPack Program’s purpose is to improve students’ academic performance and physical health by providing them with the nutritious food necessary for them to learn, thrive, and grow, rather focusing on than the effects of chronic hunger. The program was started at DeSmet School in Missoula in January 2008 and […]

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kidsLINK

Montana Afterschool Facts: Afterschool boosts student success, keeps kids safe, and helps parents keep their jobs. The demand for afterschool and summer learning opportunities far exceeds the supply in Montana; 1 out of every 5 applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers cannot be funded, leaving communities without the supports they need for children and […]

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Edible Schoolyard Project Boulder, MT

Boulder Elementary School October is farm to school month which recognizes the importance of having fresh fruits and vegetables and, in turn, supporting local farms.  The aim of The Edible Schoolyard Project is to use outdoor and greenhouse agricultural gardening for the classroom and community as a means for education. In school, cross-curricular education as well as adult education can offer local […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County

Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. They help children realize their potential and build their futures. They nurture children and strengthen communities. They believe that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live in low-income and single-parent families, […]

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National Bike to Work Week!

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. National Bike to Work Week 2016 will be held […]

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