Happy Hour Fundraiser on May 3rd

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Join MFHS with our friends from Pepperjam, Nexstar Broadcasting and Rodano’s for a happy hour with a purpose on May 3rd!

Rodano’s will be donating all tips and a portion of sales to MFHS as part of NEPA Match Day, an initiative of the Scranton Area Foundation. The evening will feature bartenders from Pepperjam and Dave Kuharchik from WBRE/WYOU.

All donations will be DOUBLED by the Scranton Area Foundation during this event for NEPA Match Day. But what is #NEPAMatchDay? The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled a fantastic group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County that have volunteered to be part of the 2017 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be one of these 25 non-profits in 2017.

Every dollar you donate to one of the participating partners, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will match your donation…dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 for EACH nonprofit. For one day, your $25 gift becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and the support you give will stay in our region.

You can donate to MFHS during this happy hour, and can also visit the Scranton Area Foundation’s website to find out how to donate to any member of the collective for Match Day.

Here is the full list of non-profits participating in this year’s Match Day:
Abington Community Library
AFA Gallery
Alzheimer’s Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
Dress for Success Lackawanna
Greater Carbondale YMCA
Greater Scranton YMCA
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Jewish Family Service of NEPA
Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Lackawanna Historical Society
Make-a-Wish Greater PA & WV
Marley’s Mission
Maternal & Family Health Services
Meals on Wheels of NEPA
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Scranton Cultural Center
Scranton Fringe Festival
The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Greenhouse Project
United Neighborhood Centers
Valley Community Library
West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch
Women’s Resource Center

2017 WIC PUBLIC MEETINGS

2017 WIC PUBLIC MEETINGS
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Your comments/suggestions for the WIC program are important to us! Please attend a meeting or submit written comments to the WIC State Agency at bmellott@pa.gov.

  • May 2, 2017, North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission, 49 Ridgmont Drive, Ridgway, PA
  • May 3, 2017, Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc., 15 Public Square, Suite 600, Wilkes‐Barre, PA
  • May 4, 2017, Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, 516 Main St., 5th Floor, Johnstown, PA
  • May 4, 2017, Community Health Services, Inc., 747 Terrace St., Meadville, PA
  • May 9, 2017, Adagio Health, 323 Sunset Drive, Butler, PA
  • May 9, 2017, South Central Community Action Program, 153 N. Stratton St. Gettysburg, PA
  • May 10, 2017, Bucks County Health Department, Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA
  • May 15, 1917, Community Action Southwest, 150 West Beau St., Suite 408, Washington, PA
  • May 17, 2017, NORTH, Inc. Philadelphia WIC Office, 1300 W. Lehigh Avenue, Suite 104, Philadelphia, PA
  • May 19, 2017, Community Progress Council, 130 W. Market St., York, PA
  • May 23, 2017, Selinsgrove WIC Office, 713 Bridge St., Suite 7, Selinsgrove, PA

In accordance with 7 C.F.R. §246.4(b), the Department of Health has scheduled eleven public meetings for the purpose of obtaining comments and recommendations for the development of the 2018 State Plan of Program Operation and Administration for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Pennsylvania.

The Department invites comments on all aspects of the Program’s Operations.

Persons wishing to give comments at this meeting are requested to pre‐register by calling 717‐783‐1289. Anyone unable to attend a meeting but wishing to express their views, may submit an email with written comments by May 31, 2017, to bmellott@pa.gov or mail comments to the Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 625 Forster St., 7 West, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

The meetings will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are subject to cancellation without notice. There will not be a WIC presentation at the meetings but WIC resource materials will be available.

If you require reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, please contact Amanda Killion at 717‐783‐1289 for assistance.

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Save the Date: NEPA Match Day

For the 3rd year in a row, the first Friday in May will be NEPA Match Day! The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled a fantastic group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County that have volunteered to be part of the 2017 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be one of these 25 non-profits in 2017.

In the months leading up to May 5, 2017, the collective will work together to spread the word about the critical work being done in our region by these nonprofits. Then, on May 5th, for every dollar you donate to one of the participating partners, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will match your donation…dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 for EACH nonprofit. For one day, your $25 gift becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and the support you give will stay in our region.

By working together for 24 hours, we have the ability to strengthen our community and the nonprofits that strive to make our community a better place to live by over $50,000! For the past two years, NEPA Match Day exceeded the $50,000 goal by more than $30,000 but the success of NEPA Match Day depends entirely on the gifts you make to the NEPA Match Day collective on May 5th.

You can learn more about Match Day by visiting the Scranton Area Foundation’s website.

So, on Friday, May 5, 2017, please consider making a contribution directly to one of these terrific nonprofits:

Abington Community Library
AFA Gallery
Alzheimer’s Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
Dress for Success Lackawanna
Greater Carbondale YMCA
Greater Scranton YMCA
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Jewish Family Service of NEPA
Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Lackawanna Historical Society
Make-a-Wish Greater PA & WV
Marley’s Mission
Maternal & Family Health Services
Meals on Wheels of NEPA
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Scranton Cultural Center
Scranton Fringe Festival
The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Greenhouse Project
United Neighborhood Centers
Valley Community Library
West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch
Women’s Resource Center

*Please give directly to the nonprofit of your choice. If you would like to support the entire NEPA Match Day collective, you can donate to the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Any NEPA Match Day gifts received by the Foundation will be divided equally between the above-listed nonprofits.

MFHS Closed Wednesday, March 15, 2017

All MFHS offices will continue to be closed on Wednesday, March 15 due to yesterday’s snow storm. Please stay safe and check back for updates regularly.

MFHS Offices Closed March 14, 2017

All MFHS offices will be closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to inclement weather. All MFHS offices will also be operating on a 2-hour delay Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

PA Live: Easy Recipes for Busy Moms

MFHS Nutrition Education Coordinator Laurie Waskovich was back in the PA Live kitchen yesterday cooking up some healthy, fast, mom approved recipes for the new year. Watch the video now on PAHomepage.com and then try out these healthy and delicious recipes below.

One-pot Pasta Primavera

This is easily customized with your favorite in-season veggies or different types of pasta.

Ingredients

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
8 ounces linguine, uncooked
1 small onion, halved and sliced thin
1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into large florets (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 pounds asparagus, ends snapped off and cut into 2-inch pieces
4 ounces sliced white button mushrooms (about 1 cup)
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (less for milder heat; more to increase heat)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup frozen peas
1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
Additional salt and pepper to taste
Additional Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired

Instructions

Add the broth, linguine, onion, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a large pot set over high heat. Drizzle the olive oil over the top.

As soon as it comes to a boil, set the timer for 7 minutes and start tossing constantly with long-handled tongs.

Continue boiling and tossing. As soon as the 7 minutes is up, add the peas, parsley, heavy whipping cream, Parmesan, and lemon zest and continue cooking, tossing constantly, for 1-2 more minutes, until the pasta and veggies appear tender. Remove from heat.

Note that much of the liquid will have evaporated, but not all. And that’s okay! Let the pasta sit for a couple of minutes to cool; the sauce will continue to thicken during that time. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese

 

Healthy No Bake Cookies

Ingredients

3 tablespoons skim milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/8 cup wheat germ ( heaping)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seeds (optional)
1 cup quick oatmeal

Directions

Heat milk, sugar and cocoa powder over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly.
Take off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter; stir until peanut butter has melted completely.
Stir in wheat germ and oatmeal.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper or eat immediately.

*This recipe is VERY flexible. If you don’t have wheat germ or flax seed, just use more oatmeal. The recipe above should work out just perfectly and does most of the time, but if your cookies come out crumbly, use less oatmeal next time. If they never set, use more oatmeal next time.

Nurse-Family Partnership Holiday Party

MFHS This Month – January 2017

What have our staff been up to recently? The amazing staff at MFHS are out in the community doing outreach, participating in fun events, and reaching milestones.

#GivingTuesday: Up to $1k in Matching Funds

2016-gt-logo-wdate1MFHS has some exciting news! In honor of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute up to $1 million to Facebook fundraisers. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $500,000 in matching funds, up to $1,000 per Facebook fundraiser, and Facebook will waive up to $500,000 of fees on all donations.

How can you help?

As a supporter of Maternal & Family Health Services, we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to reflect upon your commitment to our work by creating a Facebook fundraiser. Your fundraiser could help fund up to $1,000 toward our cause. Creating a fundraiser is easy.

Don’t have time to make your own fundraiser? You can donate to MFHS through this fundraiser tomorrow and we will still benefit from the match gift: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10100741562195815/

Here’s how to create a fundraiser:

• Go to https://www.facebook.com/MFHS.org/fundraisers/
• Click “Create Fundraiser”
• Select from one of three cover photos (or create your own)
• Add a title, tell your story, add an end date and a goal
• Be sure to include #GivingTuesday in your description, then click Create
• From there you can invite friends, share on your News Feed or send a message
• For inspiration, check out current fundraisers on our page at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10100741562195815/

How we’re supporting #GivingTuesday

MFHS will be sharing our participants stories across social media all day long. Learn how MFHS is changing lives like Daisy’s through our videos and stories. Thank you for your support of Maternal & Family Health Services. We are really excited about #GivingTuesday, and hope you will participate in all our year-end activities!

Enjoy Pizza with a Purpose to Benefit MFHS

unnamedAfter you’ve done your civic duty and voted on November 8th, celebrate the end (finally!) of election season with a delicious meal from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre! Grotto will be donating a portion of all orders on November 8th to our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party. All you have to do is print a copy of this fundraising coupon and present it at time of payment.

  • Where: Grotto Pizza outside the Wyoming Valley Mall (570-822-6600)
  • When: November 8th, lunch and dinner
  • What: All dine-in or take-out orders (cannot be used for delivery)

Learn more about our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party and don’t forget to print a copy of your fundraising coupon for November 8th. This coupon can be shared and printed as often as needed – invite your friends and family for a fun night out that benefits the Nurse-Family Partnership!

 

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