Belmont County Farm Bureau tackles local hunger issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseA hungry child is hard to stomach.It is hard to imagine in today’s society of excess and plenty that there are people — especially children — who regularly do not get enough food to meet basic nutritional needs. Yet, in every corner of Ohio, it is far too easy to find hungry children. Nationally, more than 13 million children live in food insecure homes and one in five children does not get the food they need every day. Three out of four teachers report that there are children in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry.The Belmont County Farm Bureau decided to tackle this problem head on in their corner of the state by cooperating with local efforts to provide food to children in need through county schools. Dairy farmer Devin Cain is helping coordinate the program.“I had the privilege of going to Texas last year with DFA, our local milk co-op. We packaged meals down there for the homeless. All you have to do is boil water and add the package to the water and you have a hot nutritious meal. There is a two-year shelf life so it can be stored for a long time. Farm Bureau wanted to do a program with the school backpack program and I said, ‘I think I have an idea of what we can do.’ We are trying to raise $40,000 to package 22,222 meals. It costs $1.80 per package for six servings in a package,” Cain said. “There are currently 260 backpacks packaged per week in the four participating schools. All of the schools that I spoke to are very eager and happy to get these meals.”In the boom or bust economy of southeastern Ohio, communities continue to struggle even with the influx of oil and gas money in recent years. There is still an unfortunate number of hungry young people in the region.“Some of the stories they told me are so sad,” Cain said. “One kid hides all of his food in a broken down car in the backyard so his parents don’t eat it. Some kids don’t even have electric. I think the kids will be really pleased with the meals we are trying to package.”The program seeks to fill in the gaps around school meals for students in need.“If they go to school they are guaranteed meals to eat at school. On the weekends, some kids are home by themselves so they don’t have anything to eat. The three meals we are going to package are deluxe macaroni and cheese, instant apple cinnamon oatmeal and minestrone soup. We got to try all of these meals to see what they tasted like to make sure the kids would really like them,” Cain said. “We have until June 15 to collect the money. On July 20 we will meet at a local high school and these ingredients will come in bulk and we will have volunteers come and help package the meals for us.”Belmont County Farm Bureau will be hosting the meal-packaging event on Saturday, July 20, starting at 1 p.m. at Union Local High School Gymnasium, located at 66779 Belmont Morristown Rd., Belmont, Ohio 43718 in participation with the Outreach Program. The meals will be used by Barnesville, Bellaire, St. Clairsville, and Union Local schools. A donation of $100 will provide 300 servings. After the meals are packaged, they will be stored and distributed according to each school’s need for their number of backpacks. For more information, please call the Belmont County Farm Bureau office at 740-425-3681.All amounts are welcome with 100% of donations going to the meals. The Outreach Program is a 501(c) 3 organization so donations can be used as a tax write-off if desired. Donors will receive a letter from the Outreach Program with an explanation for taxes. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, June 15.last_img read more

How Stressed Are You at Work?

first_img Unreasonable time pressure Manager support and frequent communication provide a psychological buffer, so employees know that even if something goes wrong, their manager has their back. Employees who strongly agree that they feel supported by their manager are about 70% less likely to experience burnout on a regular basis.In contrast, a negligent or confrontational manager leaves employees feeling uninformed, alone and defensive. Lack of communication and support from manager Return to article. Long DescriptionApril is stress awareness month. As the average American worker spends 34.5 hours per week at work, it makes sense that employment related stress tends to have a profound effect on our lives. What factors are involved? Take a look at the information from Gallup below. Written By: Alicia Cassels, MFLN Military Caregiving blog contributor When employees say they often or always have enough time to do all of their work, they are 70% less likely to experience high burnout. Granted, there are some professions that will always have extreme time constraints — like paramedics or firefighters. Not surprisingly, people in these roles are at high risk for burnout. In other fields, however, time constraints are often imposed by people who do not know how long it takes to deliver quality work or great customer service.Unreasonable deadlines and pressure can create a snowball effect — when employees miss one overly aggressive deadline, they fall behind on the next thing they are scheduled to do.What are the impacts of work-related stress and burnout?Job burnout reflects a specific type of work-related stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, the consequences of unaddressed job burnout are serious and can include:Excessive stressFatigueInsomniaSadness, anger or irritabilityAlcohol or substance misuseHeart diseaseHigh blood pressureType 2 diabetesVulnerability to illnessesAre you at risk for job burnout?Answer the questions in the Mayo Clinic inventory below to assess whether you may be experiencing excessive stress.Have you become cynical or critical at work?Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started?Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?Do you find it hard to concentrate?Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?Do you feel disillusioned about your job?Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?Have your sleep habits changed?Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints?What can you do?If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to speak with a doctor or a mental health provider as burnout symptoms can be related to mental health conditions, like depression. To learn more, visit the Mayo Clinic Web Page. According to our recent State of the American Workplace report, only 60% of workers can strongly agree that they know what is expected of them at work. When accountability and expectations are moving targets, employees can become exhausted just trying to figure out what people want from them.The best managers discuss responsibilities and performance goals with their employees and collaborate with them to ensure that expectations are clear and aligned with those goals. Unfair treatment at work In sports psychology, coaches use the term “mental quicksand” to describe how moments of poor performance can cause athletes to feel overwhelmed. This leads to further poor performance and damage to their confidence that continues to drag them down. High-performing employees can quickly shift from optimistic to hopeless as they drown in an unmanageable workload.When their workload is out of control, employees look to their managers to be their advocates for what they can and can’t accomplish and for finding others to help them. Lack of role clarity Image created in Canva by Alicia Cassels When employees strongly agree that they are often treated unfairly at work, they are 2.3 times more likely to experience a high level of burnout. Unfair treatment can include everything from bias, favoritism and mistreatment by a coworker to unfair compensation or corporate policies.When employees do not trust their manager, teammates or executive leadership, it breaks the psychological bond that makes work meaningful. Unmanageable workloadlast_img read more