Cent$ible Nutrition Program awards Hines General Store with Champion of Change Certificate
Coordinator of the Mountain Plains Regional Office of the Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, recently visited the Wind River Reservation. Star Morrison and Cent$ible Nutrition Director Mindy Meuli presented a Champion of Change Certificate to Hines General Store Manager; Dave Hines.
Nan Craft program director for Cent$ible Nutrition said, “Hines General Store has offered community members a chance to ‘eat better for less’ and Make Half Your Plate Fruit & Veggies.” These classes offered by the Cent$ible Nutrition Program in Fort Washakie have taught and continue to teach participants the idea of preparing meals on a fixed budget.
Hines General Store was established in 1948 by Paul O. Hines shortly after World War II in 1945. In 1963 the Hines’ began the process of buying him out, and in 2004, Dave and Ben Hines bought their dad out and began taking it in a direction to expand and give variety to customers in and close to the community of the Wind River Reservation.
“Hines General Store offers a healthy variety these days,” Dave Hines said, “You do see it. You see a lot of that but I don’t think it is because we expanded. I think it’s because of a broad base of the emphasis of the health community and programs like Cent$ible Nutrition that are promoting that kind of health and wellness. The downfall is with budget cuts to the health programs. We are starting to see its effects.”
Kelly Pingree who teaches nutrition and cost of food budgeting for the Cent$ible Nutrition Program is encouraged by the program to buy the food she prepares in her classes locally. She feels the variety of food and vegetables at Hines General Store is beneficial and says, “Yeah, I go over and get a lot of my produce and vegetables from the local store. I go over there and buy the things I need for my class, it beats driving 15 and 30 miles to town. Because of Hines expanding and making their produce better by having availability and variety, it promotes nutrition for people to eat healthier.”
The Champion of Change Certificate will hang in the store as a reminder of steps forward.