Home and Family
K-State Research and Extension is a leader in providing research-based information and education for creating strong, healthy Kansas communities. We strive to improve family relationships, develop consumer and financial management skills and help Kansans balance the demands of work, family and community.
Use the links to your left for more information about family nutrition, parenting, food safety, Medicare and aging, and other important topics.
Case for a Cause - A Geary County Free Fair Community Project
There are many children and families in our region that have inadequate or no housing. They have to move from one place to the next with little or no warning. Children who are in foster care often have little of their own to take to their next placement. Something as simple as a pillowcase can easily move with them and and carry what they can while also serving as something to comfort them while in transition. The Geary County Free Fair Board is offering a unique Pillowcase Contest in the Open Class division of the fair this year. Anyone age 4 and up can enter a homemade pillowcase into the Open Class fair where it will be judged and receive a ribbon. After the fair is over, the pillowcase will be donated to local emergency support agencies to give to families and/or children in crisis and transition.
For more information about the Case for a Cause project, click HERE. If you want directions on how to make a pillowcase, simple sewing directions are provided HERE. Join us this summer in helping the children and families of our county have something unique and handy to call their own!
Food Storage Guide - Refrigerator and Freezer
Trying to reduce the amount of food dollars wasted from food spoilage in your home? This brochure provides the recommended storage times for a wide variety of foods you might store in your refrigerator or freezer. Click HERE to use this valuable resource!
Fighting Food Waste
Too many times we lose leftovers in the refrigerator and they spoil before we can use them. In this Good for You publication, find out how to manage your leftovers and take other proactive steps to reduce food waste. Click HERE to read the Fighting Food Waste article.
Food Safety After a Flood
The recent and ongoing rain has some folks concerned about the possibility of flooding. A flooded home may have more than structural safety to be concerned about. This publication gives you information about the food safety issues that can also be involved. As a Food Safety Specialist for K-State Research & Extension, Dr. Londa Nwadike provides steps you can take to protect you and your family from exposure to unsafe food in her publication Food Safety After a Flood. CLICK HERE
Sound Living Podcasts:
With one year ending and a new one beginning, it’s a good time to reflect on where we stand – both personally and professionally. K-State Research and Extension specialist in financial management, Elizabeth Kiss, says it’s also a good time to assess where we stand financially and to set some short and long-term financial goals. - click HERE
Upcoming Events:Medicare Basics:
Are you going to be 65 in the next 6 months to a year? Do you assist an aging parent with their medical needs? Does the Medicare system seem to overwhelm you? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you will find the Medicare Basics workshop to be helpful. Join Deb Andres, SHICK counselor at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library on Friday, April 26 from 2 - 4pm for this free program.
Registration Deadline: April 19, 2019. Call 785-238-4161 to reserve. Note: a minimum of 10 participants required for the class to hold.
Sponsored by: Geary County K-State Research and Extension