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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Is There Enough Food?

Many of us have had the experience recently of seeing empty, or nearly empty, grocery store shelves.  Do we need to worry if there is enough food?  The good news is that despite what we may be seeing, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assures us that the food supply is safe and secure.  Despite localized reports, there […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Dates on Food Products

With a ‘Safer at Home‘ order, many of us are looking to foods stocked in our pantries and cupboards to help feed our families.  What do dates on food products tell us? If the date is past, is the food still safe?  In most cases, yes!  Dates on food package labels are generally quality dates, an indication […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Cleaning & Disinfecting

We all know that hand washing is an important defense against coronavirus.  As we work to keep ourselves and our families healthy, routine cleaning and disinfecting of areas in our homes is important.  Cleaning removes dirt from surfaces, while disinfecting kills germs that remain after cleaning. What is the best way to clean and disinfect the kitchen?  Follow these steps: Clean […]

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Rent Smart April and May Workshops CANCELLED

UW-Madison Division of Extension has issued direction to all Extension staff in Wisconsin regarding scheduled meetings/events in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  In response to this direction and to limit the contagion risk to our program participants and the community at large, the April 2nd & 9th and the May 4th & 11th Rent Smart Workshop […]

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Connection During Social Distancing

Interview with Mandi Dornfeld, Human Development & Relationships Educator, regarding how to be connected during this time of social distancing. TRANSCRIPT Lorre Kolb: Connecting with others during social distancing. We’re talking with Mandi Dornfeld Extension Human Development and Relationships Educator in Winnebago County and I’m Lorre Kolb. Mandi, can you clarify what social distancing is and […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Hand Washing

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a respiratory virus.  While the Centers for Disease Control does not consider COVID-19 to be a foodborne illness, there are actions that you can take to prevent foodborne illness that appear effective in fighting the coronavirus.  Of the food safety steps in helping to mitigate coronavirus, hand washing appears to be the most important.  Avoiding contact with […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Take-Out Food

How likely is a person to come down with COVID-19 from take-out food from a local restaurant or items purchased at the grocery store?  Luckily, this isn’t very likely to happen. Coronovirus is a respiratory virus.  This means that it spreads primarily through the respiratory system, with the main transmission through person-to-person droplet infection.  Someone who is infected coughs […]

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COVID-19 and Hunger Relief

Many schools and community agencies are still providing free meals and groceries for families that are struggling with hunger during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Here is a list of  Winnebago County Meal Programs/Food Pantries that are operating during the “Safer at Home” order.  

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Extension Resource Round-up

Check out these weekly Special Edition Newsletters with resources to help Winnebago County residents through this challenging COVID-19 crisis. Read from our website or sign-up to receive these newsletters in your email.

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