Community Health to host food giveaway


By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

Westside residents in need of food can get fresh produce at a food giveaway Nov. 18, and will have the opportunity to learn how to cook the vegetables.

The giveaway is sponsored by the Community Health and Wellness Team, and will be held at the Norton Middle School from 4 to 6 p.m., Nancy Day-Achauer told the Westland Area Commission at its Oct. 20 meeting. She also issued a call for volunteers to help unload the food from the truck and help distribute it to the recipients.

The committee is made up of representatives of the South-Western City Schools, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Franklin County Public Health, the Prairie Township Fire Department, Doctor’s Hospital, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Westland Area Library.

Aramark, the food service provider at Doctor’s Hospital, will be providing coming instructions for the vegetables.

“We’ll have six fruits and vegetables at the giveaway and we’re expecting a lot of sweet potatoes,” Day-Achauer said. “When you get vegetables you’re not familiar with, you don’t know what to do with them. That’s why Aramark will offer cooking demonstrations.”

This food giveaway is one of two to be held this year at Norton Middle School. The next one will be held Dec. 16.

In another report, zoning committee chair Mike McKay said interest has resurfaced in the south portion of land at the corner of  Big Run South and Holt Road. Developers attended his zoning committee meeting to share plans for a residential community that would be, as McKay called it, high-density occupancy.

“The parcel is currently zoned commercial planned development and they want it rezoned to residential,” McKay said.

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