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Join Us for October Breast Cancer Awareness Fun!

Join us by participating in a Virtual Breast Cancer Walk-Run and Weekly Education Surveys!

When you participate in the Education Surveys you’re entered into the Basket Giveaway! Keep watch for  complete details on how to enter to win.

Baskets to Include:

  • Spa Gift Basket
  • Coffee Gift Basket
  • Movie Night Basket
  • Baking Basket

T-Shirts will be available to all who complete the walk-run!

Register by contacting Ashley at the Health Clinic at (641) 484-4094 or via Facebook at “Ashley-Aylsworth Health-Educator”.

 

“2020 Captured Moments – Healthy Love Is” R.I.S.E Photo Contest

R.I.S.E is hosting a photo contest to promote a culture of nonviolence through the art of photography that inspires people to reflect, think and take action. Together we will make a positive impact on our Community to stop the violence.
“2020 Captured Moments – Healthy Love Is…” Photo Contest will begin on September 30th and end October 26th.
Winning photos will be used for a domestic violence awareness calendar. Winners will also be announced via RISE – Iowa FB page.
The first 15 entries will receive a hoodie! (See flyer for an example!)
– 12 WINNERS
– PRIZES
– AWESOME HOODIE
– SURPRISE PACK – filled with wonderful goodies
Photo Expectations, – each entry should contain the following information:
– Title of photograph
– Name of photographer
– Date and Location of photograph
– A short (1-3 sentence) description of the photograph
– Entrant’s contact information (telephone number and email address)
All photo submissions are to be emailed to: gea.aitkens@meskwaki-nsn.gov.
Please contact our office for any questions: (641) 484-4444.
BE CREATIVE. BE UNIQUE. BE BOLD

MSS Homecoming Spirit – Community Members and Tribal Entities are Invited to Join in on the Fun!

Meskwaki Settlement School Homecoming Week will run from Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 2nd.

** Coronation will be held at halftime of the football game on Friday, October 2nd.

Meskwaki Homecoming Spirit Dress-Up Schedule:

  • Monday – Super Hero Day
  • Tuesday – Tie-Dye Day
  • Wednesday – No School
  • Thursday – Class Color Day
  • Friday – Warrior Day

Meskwaki Tribal Entities and Community Members – you’re invited to participate in the Homecoming dress-up days! Dress-up and participate in the “Best Dressed” contest by taking a photo of yourself wearing the themed outfit of the day and send it to the Meskwaki Warrior Activities/Athletics Facebook page!

Students at home can submit photos by 3:00 pm each day. Student winners will be announced at the end of each school day.

Tribal Entities and Community Members can submit photos by 7:00 pm each day. Winners will be announced the following day.

 

Reminder: D-SNAP On-Site Applications 09/22 – 09/26

Department of Human Service (DHS) employees will be on-site at the Meskwaki Tribal Center to process applications for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) on Tuesday, September 22nd through Saturday, September 26th from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm daily. *Face coverings are required and social distancing will be practiced inside.

  • D-SNAP On-Site Applications
  • Tues., September 22 through Sat., September 26
  • 8:00 am – 4:30 pm daily

Applicants must apply in person to receive D-SNAP benefits. The first hour or operation will be reserved for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Note: there may be a waiting period.

Those who were impacted by the derecho and power outages due to the storm can apply for benefits. Those who are eligible to receive D-SNAP benefits will receive food dollars on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that is equivalent to the maximum allotment of Food Assistance benefits for their household size.

Households who have already received Food Assistance/SNAP benefits in August or September 2020 are not eligible for D-SNAP benefits because maximum allotments were already issued to those households.

Meskwaki Tribal Health To Hold Flu Shot Clinic

Meskwaki Tribal Health will be having a flu shot clinic and FluFIT clinic at the Tribal Center on the following dates:

09/23 and 09/24 – Employee flu shot clinic for employees and a Community FluFIT clinic from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

09/30 and 10/01 – Employee flu shot clinic for employees and Community FluFIT clinic from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

If you are a community member, are from ages 45-75, and have not completed your colorectal screening, health clinic staff will be handing out CRC screening kits during the flu shot clinic times.

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is the most preventable yet least prevented form of cancer. CRC is: Preventable. Treatable Beatable.

If you have questions about the flu clinic or CRC screening, please feel free to contact Charise Lasley at (641) 484-4094.

MSS Virtual Learning Students Daily Lunch Option

****Attention: Lunch for Students on Virtual Days*****

We are excited to offer our virtual learning students a daily lunch. These meals are provided through the food service program.  This program is also open to students on the days they are not attending school during their A/B Day rotation.

  • To participate, parents MUST pre-order meals.
  • All orders must be placed by 5 p.m. two days prior to the scheduled pick-up day and by 5 p.m. on Saturday for Monday pick-up.
  • You must order for the days you will pick-up meals.
  • Pick-up is scheduled from 11-11:30 a.m. at the elementary curb. Drivers should remain in their car and the meals will be brought to you.
  • Multiple students and grades can be ordered and picked up at the same time.

Review the menu at: http://msswarriors.org/calendars-info/breakfast-lunch-calendar-calendars-info/

Please use this Order Form: https://forms.gle/oS78Pa2Q4Qeh9ShQ7

Thanks

Willie Barney, Ed.D. 

Superintendent, Meskwaki Settlement School

1608 305th Street

Tama, IA 52339

Work: 641.484.9000

DHS Announces Five More D-SNAP Counties

September 17, 2020

DHS Announces Disaster for Five More Counties

(Des Moines, Iowa) –The Department of Human Services (DHS) announces that residents of Benton, Cedar, Marshall, Scott and Tama Counties may be eligible to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Those who were impacted by the derecho and subsequent power outages due to the August 10 storm can apply for benefits in person during their county’s application period listed below. DHS recently distributed over $2.5 million dollars in D-SNAP benefits to Linn County residents and are currently operating five sites to distribute benefits in Central Iowa.

Those who are eligible to receive D-SNAP benefits will receive food dollars on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that is equivalent to the maximum allotment of Food Assistance benefits for their household size.

Households who have already received Food Assistance/SNAP benefits in August or September 2020 are not eligible for D-SNAP because maximum allotments were already issued for those households due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. D-SNAP eligibility differs from Food Assistance, so households should review the eligibility criteria for application.

You are eligible if you have suffered at least one of the following disaster-related expenses:

  • Destroyed or spoiled food
  • Lost or no access to income due to the disaster, including reduced, terminated or delayed receipt of income
  • Home or business repairs
  • Temporary shelter expenses
  • Evacuation or relocation expenses
  • Home or business protection
  • Disaster-related personal injury

Due to COVID-19 precautions, and in order to expedite the distribution process, DHS has set up accessible sites in each county where applications will be processed and cards distributed. Applicants must apply in person to receive D-SNAP benefits. Sites will reserve the first hour of operation to process applications for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Applicants should not arrive more than one hour earlier than the posted start time. Residents of Marshall and Scott County can apply for D-SNAP benefits from Tuesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 27. Residents of Benton, Cedar and Tama Counties can apply for D-SNAP benefits from Tuesday, September 22, through Saturday, September 26. Operating hours vary by site location and day, all details are listed below.

9/22-9/26 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and 9/27 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Marshall: DHS Office 206 W State Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
  • Scott: Scott County Fairgrounds, The Fair Center, 2815 Locust Street, Davenport, IA 52804

9/22 –9/26 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Benton: DHS Office, 811 D Avenue, Suite 20, Vinton, IA 52349
  • Cedar: Cedar County Fairgrounds Matthews Building, 1195 210th Street, Tipton, IA 52772
  • Tama:
    • Iowa Girls Juvenile Home Administrative Office, 701 South Church Street, Toledo, IA 52342
    • Meskwaki Tribal Center 349 Meskwaki Road Tama, IA 52339

To keep wait times to a minimum, DHS is asking applicants to apply at the site in their county of residence and to follow the schedule below based on the first letter of last names. However, persons may apply at any time during their county’s D-SNAP application period.

The Marshalltown site will offer handicapped only parking on site. During normal transit hours (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) from September 22 through September 25, 2020, the Marshalltown Transit Authority will transport passengers to and from the DHS office free of charge. To access this service, applicants should park along any bus route and notify the bus driver that they are travelling to the DHS Office.

Date Alphabetic breakdown
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 A – D
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 E – I
Thursday, September 24, 2020 J – O
Friday, September 25, 2020 P – S
Saturday, September 26, 2020 T – Z
Sunday, September 27, 2020

(Marshall and Scott County Only)

All Last Names

 

Applicants will be asked to provide information about their household, the money coming into the home during the 30-day disaster period, and out-of-pocket expenses paid as the result of the August 10 storm. Applicants need to provide proof of identification and are encouraged to bring something showing their address in one of the eligible counties. Each site will have access to Language Line, which can provide tele-translation services for applicants. All applications will be provided in English, and Spanish.

D-SNAP benefits can be used for food purchases at any SNAP-authorized retailer, including farmers markets and certain online retailers. For a complete list of authorized retailers, please see the USDA SNAP retailer locator.

Information for D-SNAP in additional counties will be announced as details are confirmed. For more information about the program, including where D-SNAP benefits can be used, please visit our website for detailed information on each county’s D-SNAP sites.

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Program contact:
877-347-5678

Media contact:

Matt Highland

mhighla@dhs.state.ia.us