Shery Meekings – Creations for Sandpoint
October 31, 2016
Shery Meekings is the founder of Creations for Sandpoint. She is a food solutionary who saw a need and created a a healthy foods program that travels to elementary schools and the food bank to show children and adults healthy choices in food preparation.
What led you to form Creations for Sandpoint?
My eyes were opened to organic nutrition healing in 2011. My husband had developed an auto immune disorder triggered by a combination of Lyme’s Disease, and a few years later Dengue Fever Type ll. After five exhausting, nearly-bankrupted years of western medicine treatments, my eyes were opened by a friend that shared her testimony with me about how a wheat grass treatment saved her life. I had $35 left in my monthly budget and after some additional research on how other countries fight overactive immune disorders, I bought some wheatgrass and asked my husband to drink wheatgrass and only wheatgrass until he saw some improvements in his frail, tortured existence. The first two weeks consisted of detoxification from a half dozen medications and all the chemicals that are added to food. Week three was simply miraculous! One fall morning he said “I feel like myself today”. From that point on life became better, day by day. After three months he returned to work full time! He is healthy and happy living on a farm, growing his own food in North Idaho. This was the spark that created in me a burning desire to share organic nutrition with our community members
Can you describe the Healthy Foods Program that is part of Creations for Sandpoint, and the populations that it serves?
Creations built a mobile food truck with help from Inland Northwest Community Foundation in early 2016 after creating an organic smoothie bar as a compliment to our children’s discovery museum and community art space. Creations noticed that organic nutrition was not being addressed at schools and at very few local homes. The need was apparent so we decided to hit the streets, meeting people” where they are.” Creations mobile truck serves healthy, nutritious organic foods and snacks at a reasonable rate in order to reach all of our local community. Our program reached 3 local schools in Spring 2016, the weekly Farmers Market in Sumner 2016 and Rec Soccer League through Fall 2016, along with various local fairs and events. The Creations mobile will finish up this year offering nutrition classes for two local schools and visits to the food bank to share affordable nutritious holiday cooking. You may also see the Creations Mobile cruising the streets of Sandpoint during lunch hours serving community member stuck at work a healthy fare! This part of our program raises money to sustain our nutrition education programs at the local schools and food bank.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
Creating light for those in darkness AND I love when children share their innocence with me. Simple questions, funny things they say, showing me things that create joy for them. Kid hugs! Baby smiles! I get to see lots of mini miracles each day too! That’s pretty encouraging!!
What challenges do you face in your work?
We have experienced tremendous growth over the past 3 years and my current struggle is with space. Creations serves over 30,000 visitors annually and continues to grow. My challenge is to find a way to create a larger Discovery Area for our kiddos without taking funds away from community family events, nutrition outreach or art education programs.
When you aren’t busy with your work at Creations, what kinds of things do you like to do?
I love spending time with my family. My husband has created a mini farm on 10 acres. I love all 50 animals and enjoy helping him grow our own food. The smell, sound and feel of nature is nourishing to my soul after all we’ve been through. I love hiking and skiing too These are both past and present loves I hope to always enjoy!