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Who Knew Greens Could Taste so Good?

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I’m serious about the title to this entry. I’m not a greens eater. Never grew up eating greens. I know some of you are now asking yourselves what kind of mother I had. Kind of funny actually because my mother is a very healthy cook. However, now that I’m older (and I’d like to think… Read more »

Making Education Come to Life

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By Angela Leone, Operation Frontline Assistant Coordinator, AmeriCorps National Direct I first learned about Operation Frontline in 2005 when I was exploring career paths. From that moment I knew I wanted to be involved with Operation Frontline either as an AmeriCorps member or a future volunteer. Flash forward. In May 2008 I graduated from Indiana… Read more »

It’s Time to Say Goodbye

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I think it’s only fitting that we say goodbye and good luck to Ona on the Blog she created. Ona, a true Blogger at heart and an avid reader of all Blogs related to cooking, came up with the idea to make an Operation Frontline Blog a few months ago. Though I was admittedly skeptical… Read more »

Putting the Market into the Food

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by Ona Balkus, Operation Frontline DC Assistant Coordinator, Americorps VISTA In the remarkably pleasant weather on Saturday (a cool breeze during DC July is an invaluable resource), Eric, Betina, and I headed down to the Ward 8 Farmer’s Market for the 3rd class of this series. If I was asked to design a theoretically perfect… Read more »

No-Cook Summer Kitchen

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Lily Martinez is interning with Operation Frontline DC this summer. In the fall, she will begin her senior year at American University where she majors in Health Promotion. Yesterday I went with Ona to assist with a demo class at a night shelter for the homeless in northwest DC. These participants, all women in their… Read more »

Learning New Lessons

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by Ona Balkus, Operation Frontline DC Assistant Coordinator, Americorps VISTA Last week, we celebrated the graduation of a Side by Side class series, which brings parents and their children together in the kitchen and classroom. This class presented some unique challenges for both me and the wonderful volunteer team with whom I worked. Scott, Liza,… Read more »

Where to Start

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by Ona Balkus, Operation Frontline DC Assistant Coordinator, Americorps VISTA Last week, the Washington Post ran a series of articles entitled: “Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children”, highlighting the child obesity epidemic that is causing disease, and in some cases death, for many of our nation’s children. I was impressed and touched by the… Read more »

Playing with our food!

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by Becky Handforth, Operation Frontline DC Coordinator Last week we decided to mix up class a bit. Instead of planning recipes to teach the participants, we had the participants choose what they wanted to make. I collaborated with Kaitlin, our volunteer chef, to pick a variety of ingredients that would function for numerous recipes. The… Read more »

Navigating the sea of American food

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by Ona Balkus Assistant Coordinator of Operation Frontline DC, Americorps VISTA Amid children running around our feet and three languages being spoken in this small living room turned classroom, we discuss with these mothers how they can feed their families and themselves better in a new country. At Parklawn Family Center, we are working with… Read more »

Our Film Debut!

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by Ona Balkus Operation Frontline Assistant Coordinator, Americorps VISTA A couple of months ago, a group of students from Georgetown University contacted us about making a documentary on Operation Frontline DC for their class Social Justice Documentary. At first we were slightly wary. The logistics of getting media releases for our participants seemed daunting, not… Read more »