Sussex County, Delaware Resources
Healthy Eating Resources
Sussex County Master Gardeners provide education and outreach. Through workshops, garden walks, school and community visits, these volunteers provide practical and valuable gardening resources to residents in Sussex County. One of the services they offer is assistance with setting up a community garden: http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/master-gardener-volunteer-educators/sussex-county/
Farmers’ Markets offer a variety of fresh produce and are located throughout Delaware. For a location near you, http://dda.delaware.gov/marketing/FarmersMarketsGuide.shtml
*Please note that Western Sussex Farmers Market in Seaford Delaware does accept EBT Cards.
Woodland Harvest Farm
Woodland Harvest Farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a small scale organically grown farm located west of Seaford, Delaware. They support the community with a seasonal abundance of vegetables and herbs; the goal is to reconnect people to the source of their food. The farm responsibly maintains and improves the health of the soil while providing nutritious food to the local community. CSA shares are purchased before the growing season begins. A share is enough food to compliment the average menu of a family of four, or 1-2 people who really enjoy seasonal veggies. http://www.localharvest.org/woodland-harvest-farm-M25275
(For low-income residents):
Food Bank/Closets – A great resource for low income individuals; located throughout Delaware. To find locations, go to http://www.delaware211.org/programs.php or call “2-1-1″ in Delaware. To contact the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD), call 302-292-1305. FBD also provides direct, individualized application assistance in order for clients to apply for SNAP benefits (see below).
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP is a federal assistance program for low-income residents. To apply for the program, or locate a SNAP office near you, go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/delaware.htm
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) – The Women, Infants and Children program provides nutritious foods to supplement the diets of low-income women, infants & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. In addition, they offer nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to other healthcare providers, as needed. http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/chca/dphwichominf01.html
Check with your local hospital; many offer classes on nutrition topics such as weight management and diabetes.
(For low-income residents)
4H Nutrition Program; Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Nutrition assistants work with limited resource families with young children individually and in groups, teaching them nutrition, food safety and resource management. In the summer, youth between the ages of 8 and 12 are taught nutrition and food safety at summer camps. Information can be found on the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension Resources at http://extension.udel.edu/fcs/nutrition/expanded-food-and-nutrition-education-program-efnep/ Click on Sussex County Tab at the top for local contact information.
Food Bank of DE- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED)
The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that people eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget. The Food Bank of Delaware’s Community Nutritionist and Nutrition Educators provide programs for adults that focus on diet quality and resources management and for children that teach healthy eating and simple cooking skills. Programs are offered throughout the state. In Sussex call the Milford branch (serves both Kent and Sussex Counties): 302-424-3301
Individual Nutrition Counseling
Many insurance companies are now providing reimbursement for nutrition counseling services, especially for diet-related conditions such as diabetes. Check with your healthcare provider for a referral, or go to www.eatright.org to locate a registered dietitian in your area. Nutritionists are generally available to outpatients at local hospitals, and can also be found in WIC clinics, high school-based wellness centers, fitness centers and more. In Delaware, individuals providing nutrition assessment and/or counseling must possess a state license. More info. at https://dpronline.delaware.gov/mylicense%20weblookup/Search.aspx
Active Living Resources
Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition
SCHPC works with multiple organizations and offers programs with or through partners providing physical activity. Highlights of those activities with regard to health can be seen on the Website. www.healthysussex.com
YMCA programs promote good health, strong families, confident kids and solid communities. Examples of programs offered include camps, after school programs, adult and family fitness, swimming lessons, sports programs and senior adult programs. www.ymcade.org
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Inc.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Clubs provide vital youth development services for more than 20,000 children ages six through 20. Throughout Delaware, there are 15 Clubs, 24 school sites, and five extensions conveniently located. For more information, go to http://bgclubs.org/
Schools Allowing Public Access to their Tracks (after school hours)
Sussex Central High School
*tennis courts and fields available, clubs must sign up.
Seaford High School
Sussex County Parks
A visit to your local park is a great way to enjoy physical activity outdoors. Next time you visit your local park, be sure to take advantage of all the fun activities available. For more information visit:
State Parks and Recreation
The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation is a Division of the State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Delaware State Parks have programs unique to each park facility. Examples include walking tours, kayak rentals/trips, and lots of outdoor family-friendly activities such as hayrides, moon walks and bird walks. For information about the parks including locations, hours, programs, services, fees and amenities, go to www.destateparks.com
City of Seaford Parks & Recreation
The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive programming that supports the wellness of City residents and provides recreational opportunities for City residents regardless of age or physical abilities. http://www.seafordde.com/index.cfm?ref=41140
The following are a list of trails found throughout Sussex County that are great for walkers, bikers, and runners of all ages. For more information: http://www.destateparks.com → Click. “”Sports & leisure activities” then ” Drop Down Box “”hiking”. Each entry includes the following information (example):
The Delaware State Parks website has maps for the following trails:
The Delaware Bicycle Council was established in May of 1990 by House Bill 505 to “”consider, review and work on matters pertaining to bicycling, bicycle safety and bicycle safety education. For more information including local clubs, and live traffic → www.deldot.gov
Sussex County Cyclists
http://getupanddosomething.org/ Sponsored by Delaware Health and Social Services, this site includes a local event calendar and lots of information about nutrition and physical activity.