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Francesca Benson

SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist


SDSU Extension Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Admin Building
187 Oyate Circle
Lower Brule, SD 57548

Francesca is a Registered Dietitian and supports the citizens of South Dakota in her role as the SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist based in Lower Brule. She is the "Healthy School Advisor" under the Team Nutrition Initiative and works closely with schools throughout the state.

Also by Francesca Benson

A variety of bulk foods on display at a local pick-up center.

Buying in Bulk Can Be Healthy and Cost-Effective

Schools continue to provide food to children in a “grab-and-go” style due to COVID-19. Many schools are packing more than one meal for families to pick up. SDSU Extension has put together a chart of typical bulk purchased food items and how many servings can be expected in each serving.

Two school lunch workers assembling salads in a school kitchen.

Grab and Go Style Meal Service Resources for Schools

View meal ideas and an example 4-week meal plan.

Assorted medical equipment for at-home diabetes testing and care.

Diabetes and COVID-19

If you are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, it is important to take actions to reduce your chance of getting sick. Those at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, are encouraged to get ready now!