Purdue Extension's Tailgate Link
Hundreds of people wait for food on the second Friday of each month
for the Second Harvest Food Bank's giveaway in Blackford County.
People line up at the 4-H fairgrounds in their vehicles in the early
hours (some wait more than four hours) for the food bank to come
Purdue Extension-Blackford County harnessed this opportunity and
audience by inviting those waiting to come into the 4-H Building for
the Tailgate Link program. Once inside, individuals can participate
in educational programming in a warm and welcoming environment.
Food samples stimulate conversation and lead to educational opportunities.
Participants ask questions and are receptive to the information because
it addresses their personal situations. Our staff distributes recipes,
educational materials, and food safety equipment to those who come
through the building.
The Health and Human Science educator and Family Nutrition Program
assistant plan the topics for the educational programs. They made a
special effort to reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses by
- Food safety information that described how to property handle,
clean, and prepare cantaloupes during the salmonella outbreak.
- Food thermometers and instructions on how to cook foods to the
Purdue Extension Delivers
- Every $1 spent on the Indiana Family Nutrition Program
is expected to create $35.75 in economic returns.
- In a recent survey, 94% of Indiana 4-H participants
graduating from high school planned to pursue post-secondary
- In a similar Midwest state, an independent study concluded
that every $1 invested in Extension yielded $15 in
- Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing workshop recipients
received more than $7 million in grants to support
- Refrigerator thermometers and instructions on how to maintain the
correct temperatures in refrigerators and freezers.
These efforts have allowed Purdue Extension-Blackford County to reach
populations in the county that have been difficult to reach.
We are reaching people we have not come in contact with before, including
the Hispanic population. More than 70 people attend each monthly Tailgate
Link. The events continue to give Blackford County residents the
opportunity to discuss important issues with Purdue Extension educators.
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