The Minnesota Food and Nutrition Network (MFNN) hosts a subcontract program that is funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This collaborative effort bridges resources between the State of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, counties, local agencies, and community groups.
MFNN was proud to subcontract with six organizations for the 2012 fiscal year. Read more about each organization and their nutrition project below. (Subcontracts were not available for the 2013 fiscal year.)
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Inc. (AEOA)
Project: Arrowhead Senior Nutrition
Contact: Teresa Harvey (218-749-2912, Ext. 276)
To help older adults meet the demands of daily living and improve the quality of their lives.
Seniors in northeastern Minnesota.
Arrowhead Senior Nutrition provides older adults with nutrition education sessions to improve their dietary quality and levels of physical activity at senior dining sites. The project encourages older adults to make healthy food choices within a limited budget and to choose physically active lifestyles through both series of classes and stand-alone classes, supplemented by a quarterly nutrition education newsletter and monthly menu.
Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative (CSEC)
Project: Team Nutrition Project
Contact: Joyce Essinger (952-567-8105)
To help youth and their families develop lifelong healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle.
Carver and Scott County students eligible for SNAP who are at risk for academic failure due to cultural or economic barriers; pregnancy or teen parenting struggles, social-emotional challenges; learning disabilities; and/or other special educational needs.
Using experiential teaching methodologies, the Team Nutrition Project will focus on nutrition education, and will also increase the emphasis on getting students more physically active. The project plans to incorporate social marketing strategies to better understand the wants and needs of young people and engage them in being part of the solution that will lead to lifelong healthy eating habits and a more physically active lifestyle.
Community Design Center of Minnesota (CDC)
Project: Cooking and Nutrition Program and Nutrition Corps Youth Internship
Contact: Tamara Downs Schwei (651-228-7073, Ext. 10)
To build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development.
Economically disadvantaged youth and families in St. Paul, especially youth of color.
The Cooking and Nutrition Program aims to educate and provide low-income, ethnically diverse populations with the knowledge and skills to live a healthier lifestyle through family and youth cooking classes and nutrition education. In the Nutrition Corp Youth Internship, teen interns learn how to become peer educators, further their nutrition and culinary knowledge, and assist with family and youth cooking classes. All Nutrition Corp Youth interns also tend organic vegetable gardens.
What participants are saying:
“When we went to Little Caesar's Pizza, I told my mom I could make a way better and healthier pizza at home. So we instead went to Rainbow and bought the herbs and stuff we used at Nutrition Corps, and I made it at my house.” — Francisco B.
“After a while of working at the CDC, I passed everything that I learned onto my family, so when they go grocery shopping they can buy organically grown food.” — Patrick V.
Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN)
Project: Healthy Body Healthy Budget
Contact: Katie Wahl (763-450-4207)
An innovative food bank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our changing communities.
Range of race/ethnic groups and age categories in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.
EFN's SNAP-Ed program, Healthy Body Healthy Budget, will address the key SNAP-Ed messages of making wise food shopping and preparation choices. Direct education will be achieved through a learner-driven curriculum adapted to the unique cultural preferences and knowledge level of each class. Indirect education will encompass distribution of targeted nutrition promotion materials to local hunger relief programs and their clients. This project also connects participants to local healthy foods resources and builds support networks that foster healthy food choices.
Hennepin County Public Health Promotion (HCPHP)
Project: Neighborhood Nutrition Network
Contact: Dianne Blaydes (612-348-7550)
To improve the health of communities by creating healthy places to live, learn, work, and play.
Somali and Latino adults in Hennepin County.
Based on formative research showing that Latino community members prefer receiving health information through family and peers, the Neighborhood Nutrition Network will continue its successful fiestas de salud (home health parties). Conversations with Somali community members and community health workers identified a need for nutrition and physical activity resources that could be used at home. As a result, a cookbook of traditional Somali recipes with reduced fat, sugar, and caloric content was produced, as well as a DVD highlighting basic nutrition, healthy cooking techniques, and effective physical activities. Included in the direction education component are nutrition education sessions, food demonstrations in local grocery stores, and Paso a Paso (group physical activity plus nutrition messaging).
What participants are saying:
“Ms. O , the health promoter came to my house. She explained the diseases related with fats in the diet. She also taught us how to check calories, trans fats and saturated fats in the nutrition labels. Now, we are checking those when we go to the super market. My husband and I have been also participating in the walking program. Thanks to the improvements in my diet and increase physical activity I have lost 34 pounds. It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been so hard either. I am especially happy because I am not drinking soda anymore and I thought I couldn't quit drinking it.” — V.
“The thing I like the most was seeing my mom riding a bike for the first time in her live. I am happy I was part of Paso a Paso. I met a lot of new people who I did not know. Now, I am going to eat fruits and healthy food.” — Pedro, 8 years old.
Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF)
Project: Children's HealthWatch Intervention (CWHI)
Contact: Joni Geppert (651-201-3632)
To improve child health by bringing evidence and analysis from the front lines of pediatric care to policy makers and the public; objectives of the CHW intervention program are to increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy beverages, and to promote physical activity in families with children.
Low-income, diverse families with children under the age of three.
Families complete an assessment survey that includes baseline questions on target food knowledge and behaviors. Community health workers who are native speakers in English, Spanish, or Somali use motivational interviewing techniques to share information on the health benefits, economics, convenience, and taste of canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, whole grains, and healthy beverages. Participants take home a sample food pack. Two weeks later, a phone survey measures use of sample foods and behavior changes; after that, participants are provided with targeted motivational messages promoting nutrition and physical activity.
For more information or to join MFNN's electronic emailing list, contact Houa Vue, Program Director (612-626-4396; firstname.lastname@example.org).