Group prepares COVID-19 supply bags for local schools – Lewistown Sentinel

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Oct 27, 2022
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Packing health and wellness kits to be distributed to local schools are, from left, Chase Stalvey, Nicole Swanger, Kate Newcamp, Carmen Detweiler, Javiera Herrera, Luz Herrara and Ryan Cherry.
LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin-Juniata COVID-19 Advisory Group, in conjunction with the Rural Covid-19 Health Initiative for Rural Pennsylvania — a program funded through the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health — is providing health and wellness kits to classrooms in Mifflin and Juniata counties.
Every classroom within the Mifflin County and Juniata County school districts, as well as local private schools, will receive a health and wellness kit including 12 boxes of tissues, two large tubs of antibacterial wipes, a large container of hand sanitizer, a box of band aids, and a magnet with information identifying COVID-19 symptoms.
“After discussing and identifying the specific needs within our school districts, these supplies were purchased for distribution,” Rhonda Kelley, executive director of the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce and advisory group member, said.
The 565 bags were assembled in East End Coffee Company’s building and will be delivered within the week.
This service is being offered as part of a community developed and delivered plan to address health and wellness in Mifflin and Juniata counties. In 2022, the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata received a $200,000 grant to develop a cross-sector COVID-19 Advisory Group of community leaders and partners, develop and distribute community education, create a health and wellness website with local resources and education (, disseminated community toolkits to churches and schools, disseminated health and wellness kits as well as other programming to address COVID-19 in Mifflin and Juniata counties.
“I want to thank all of our community partners for their time, effort and dedication to addressing COVID-19 in Mifflin and Juniata counties, these efforts would not be possible without their support,” said Rachel Foster, rural COVID-19 program manager, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.
Free health and wellness kits will also be distributed at the Stay Healthy, Stay Safe Mifflin and Juniata booth at the Festival of Ice.
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