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 Jewish Neighbors' food booth offers healthy options at Swedish Days

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Submitted by Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors

When you attend summer festivals filled with scores of food offerings, it can be challenging to find something healthy to eat, especially if you or a member of your family needs vegetarian or gluten-free options.

If you're looking for a healthy meal or snack to enjoy at this year's Swedish Days festival, which continues through Sunday, June 22, be sure to stop by the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors' food booth, on the northwest corner of Third and Campbell streets in downtown Geneva.

"We always offer healthy food at our booth, and this year we've added even more," said Mike Yackley of St. Charles, who co-chairs the FVJN Swedish Days food booth with David Larson of Geneva.

Participating in Geneva's Swedish Days event is a major annual fundraiser for Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors, a Jewish community group and religious school, which serves Jewish and interfaith individuals and families in the Tri-Cities and beyond.

In keeping with its dedication to serving healthy food at Swedish Days, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbor is adding Qrunch Quinoa Burgers, to the menu. These gluten-free vegan burgers were generously donated by Target in St. Charles.

Chipotle black bean veggie burgers, jumbo kosher hot dogs, Bob's Pickle Pops, dairy-free ice-cream sandwiches and all-fruit frozen fruit bars from Trader Joe's, dark chocolate covered frozen bananas and bottled water.

In honor of the 65th anniversary of Swedish Days this year, anyone age 65 gets one free bottle of water throughout the event, at the booth (limit one per person per day).

This is their eighth year running a food booth. The first year was spent in front of The Little Traveler in Geneva, where they started out selling chocolate covered frozen bananas.

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors hosts religious services, holiday celebrations, family programming, adult education and social events, volunteer projects in the community, and is home to Fox Valley Jewish School. More than 300 Jewish and interfaith households in the Tri-Cities participate in and benefit from Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors.

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