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Julie Dantone, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education Instructor

jfd@illinois.edu

“Teaching those of all ages healthy eating habits and physical activity is rewarding, I did not realize there was such a need for food and food education in my community. I am proud to be a part of the SNAP-Ed team. It is satisfying seeing a child eat a fruit for the first time and loving it!”

Julie is one of the newest members of the Illinois Extension team in Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. She became a SNAP-Ed instructor in 2019. She works with youth and adults throughout Tazewell County and teaching them healthy eating and exercise habits.

EDUCATION

Illinois Central College

EXTENSION SNAP-ED FOCUS AREAS

  •         Illinois Junior Chefs, youth cooking school
  •         Great Garden Detective, 3rd and 4th grades
  •         Organ Wise Guys, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades
  •         EAT.MOVE.SAVE educational booths, food pantries
  •         EatPlayGrow program, adults and their children

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • University of Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed Team Programming Award 2019
  • University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener

EXAMPLES OF JULIE'S PROGRAM PARTNERS

  • Hensey Primary School, Washington
  • First Church of God Food Pantry, Pekin
  • Tazewell County Health Department
  • Pekin Township Food Pan

FAVORITE SNAP-ED RECIPE

Corn Salad       

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained or 1 and 3/4 cup cooked fresh corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream or nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Preparation:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine corn, green peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

2. In a separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients. Mix well.

3. Pour dressing over vegetables and mix. Serve chilled.

Nutrition facts available on eat-move-save.extension.illinois.edu

 

 

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