Tuesday night’s take will be all about nutrition as Nebraska City kids and families look to get an edge with their grocery budget while making healthy choices at meal time.
EDGE Nebraska City is hosting a meal-time event which aims to communicate tips and tricks on understanding nutrition and controlling the bite that food takes out of a family’s budget.
The meal night, for kids and families in grades K-5, will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hayward Elementary School.
Folks are not asked to bring anything to the event but should RSVP in advance by returning the meal night information form, that kids should be bringing home from school, or by contacting EDGE Nebraska City on Facebook.
Jaclyn Kreifels and Jenny Kearney will provide insight on how to navigate food decisions. Stacie Higgins of EDGE Nebraska City stopped by the News-Press on Thursday to talk about the meal program and some of the other things that EDGE has been doing and will be doing in the weeks and months ahead.
Higgins acknowledged that eating healthy can be tricky. She said people know that there are good food choices and some not so good ones. But there’s a language to food that can be an intimidating barrier.
Higgins said this talk will remove some of the confusion and simplify things.
It really can be as simple as choosing low sodium on a product so that it’s more nutritious or learning how to buy and stock up on certain items at certain times to keep the cost of food in check.
Higgins said attendees will learn that, even if you’re shopping at a dollar store, you can get items that are nutritious.
While they learn about food, they’ll also get the chance to eat food and learn how to prepare it. Attendees will enjoy a meal prepared by a women’s group from First Christian Church and then have the opportunity to prepare that meal and take it home in a freezer bag.
The pay back for navigating nutrition might be even more than just acquiring the skill to obtain the right food and prepare it.
By having meals at home, Higgins said, parents will have meal time conversations with their children where problems can be noticed and solved.

Tuesday’s educational experience wasn’t the first one put on by EDGE Nebraska City and it won’t be the last either.
Last year, EDGE sponsored an education night for understanding the teenage brain. The program offered parents ideas about how to communicate with their kids, how to help their kids cope and even how to spot mental health issues that could require a higher degree of intervention through counseling.
Coming up in a month or so, EDGE hopes to host an internet safety night for parents and kids.
These days, it seems everyone has a smart phone and is active on social media. There are apps for a ton of social media sites and there are good ways for kids to utilize social media whether its keeping in touch with relatives who live far away or maybe visiting with those kids they met at summer camp.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a dark side to the app offerings and kids can get themselves into trouble.
EDGE Nebraska City recently posted information on its Facebook page about which apps are acceptable and which ones to avoid.
A good rule, Higgins said, is that parents should be active on the social media platforms that their children are active on.
Apps are just the beginning, however. There are many areas of interest and many areas for potential trouble that the internet safety talk will hope to address. Stay tuned to the EDGE Facebook page for more information about the day, site and time of the internet safety event.
Also coming up in March, EDGE is hoping to have a fundraiser for March Madness. Details for that event are still be worked out.
And something that’s going on right now is the EDGE reader’s program, Book Besties. EDGE volunteers are going to Northside Elementary and reading to kindergarten and pre-kindergarten kids. Beyond reading, the volunteers also engage with kids and do an activity, then gift a book to each child so they can build a small library of books at home.
“We know that if you have books in the home. if reading is happening in the home, then you are more likely to be academically successful,” Higgins said.
By the end of the year, Higgins said the kids should have a collection of eight books at home.