Recipes for Disaster

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

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As part of Volunteer Prince William’s federally funded  disaster preparedness programming, a partnership was formed with the Prince William office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Food Volunteers (VCE) and the Prince William Health District of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) on a project called Recipes for Disaster.  Nonperishable food items were purchased, representing three meals a day for a family of four, to last for three days. The food items fill a box approximately 18 X 30 inches and will be used from now until the end of 2015 to demonstrate how to create nutritious meals without electricity. Each WIC student will receive a pantry list, meal plans for three daily meals plus a snack, and recipes for each dish so they can plan ahead to feed their families over a 72-hour period during a power failure. Over 8,000 mothers in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park are participants in the VDH-WIC nutritional program. The WIC program provides nutritional training for qualifying moms in a classroom setting four days a week in seven, one-hour classes a day. This quarter, fifteen minutes of each classroom session will be devoted to disaster preparedness basics.

If your group or organization would like to sharpen their disaster readiness skills, please contact Bonnie Fulford or Shelley Tibbs at Volunteer Prince William to schedule a presentation:703-369-5292.  Volunteer Prince William is a non-profit organization meeting community needs through volunteer resources.


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