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The F.R.E.S.H. Project:

Food, Resources, Education, Security, and Health

Shawano and Menominee Counties, Ho-Chunk Nation, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians Health in Planning Coalition is working with Native America Tribes and jurisdictions in Wisconsin to improve access to local, fresh food by convening a team of planning and public health professionals to identify barriers to healthy diets.

The coalition felt it was important to offer training opportunities not only to the FRESH Project Core Team, but to make those training opportunities available to the wider community. By doing so, they hoped to:

  1. Raise the community’s capacity for making change, particularly in areas that are addressed by the FRESH Project;
  2. Increase awareness of the FRESH Project and its work;
  3. Develop relationships and community support for the FRESH Project; and
  4. Demonstrate our desire to be a contributing partner to the work of improving the community as a whole.

The FRESH Project offered two such training opportunities. Twenty-six members of our community attended the half-day training, representing social service, non-profit, health, food system and religious organizations. The attendance was beyond the projected number and represented a relatively large portion of the leadership in the area, with the feedback received afterwards being positive. During the workshop, it covered the basics of making PSE changes, including developing a better understanding of Policies, Systems, and Environment; examining how making PSE changes are different than the usual approach; considering why making PSE changes is valuable and important; learning about the key steps in making this kind of change in the community; and assessing whether the community is ready to support the desired changes.

A concerted effort has been made to strengthen the relationship with the three Native American communities in the area, so that all the partners in the project may be considered equal. Among the representatives on the Core Team from the Native communities are two former tribal council members for the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community who stepped forward to become engaged and deepen their involvement. The goal has been to create a space that is respectful of all, and it is hoped that that contributed to their enthusiasm and engagement.

The F.R.E.S.H. Project has launched its new website! Find out the latest about what’s happening to build food security and access in our region at www.thefreshproject.org.


Learn more about our impact:

Success story: April 2017                                 Success story: October 2016                            Fact sheet: April 2016

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Coalition Members

Shawano County Planning and Development
Shawano and Menominee Counties Health Department 
University of Wisconsin Extension  – Shawano County 
East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Wisconsin Nutrition Education ProgramTheFreshProjectLogo
Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Nation