We understand how important quality of life is. Therefore, we are excited to be involved in a number of meaningful projects that enhance our community. Here are just a few.
HFED and a group known as the "Transformers" from the First United Methodist Church originally collaborated with several community organizations and agencies to form the Brown County Healthy Food Coalition.
This group initiated the community Farmer's Market which is held weekly in the Hiawatha Thriftway parking lot starting in the Spring and running through late fall. To further support access to healthy food, the Community Foundation of NE KS and the Wolney Trust are working together to develop use of the specifically described garden site as part of a network of community gardens.
Use of the garden's produce will be determined by the individuals assigned to the plots. It is anticipated that they will choose to use some produce themselves, while other produce will be given to the local food pantry, neighbors, as well as marketed and sold via the farmers market and food hub. Food preservation classes are expected to be conducted in conjunction with the Healthy Congregations group using food from the garden.
The Hiawatha Fitness and School Trail's primary purpose is to provide a safe, quality location where all citizens can enjoy a multiple-use walking trail. Improved access to identified trails will provide a greater benefit and use of current public facilities. It will expand the opportunity for families to share these activities in a quality, healthy environment.
HFED, with the assistance of the Community Foundation of Northeast Kansas will sponsor local meetings to develop concepts for a grant to be written by OKSDreamcatchers. Funding from the grant will provide the development of community written policies and engaging activities.
The walking trail will encourage physical activity and ensure a safe location for walking and biking, reducing the number of citizen complaints regarding individuals "at-risk", as well as to create more opportunities for inter-generational interactions.
HFED facilitates and supports outdoor advertising for the city of Hiawatha's lodging locations. Currently there are three billboards that promote our current hotels: the Sunflower Motel, the Lodge, and Best Western Plus. HFED also supported the exchange of property to benefit the development of a new Best Western Plus hotel.
Our current billboards are located in: Elwood, KS, Axtell, KS, and Falls City, NE.