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Signature programs and special projects

We partner with over two thousand organizations across the state to deliver programs that improve the health of Minnesotans.

Our Extension Educators — From needs assessment to engaging stakeholders to creating system change, our Extension educators work across the state to support for your food access projects.

Signature Programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) — Providing hands-on nutrition education to assist families with limited resources in the Twin Cities to make healthy food and physical activity choices.

Cooking Matters® Minnesota — Hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education programs that help low-income families prepare healthy meals.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes — This lifestyle change program provides tools for adults to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Special Projects

Building better food shelves — Training, print materials, videos, and more for food shelf directors, volunteers and others working to improve healthy food access.

Food Networks — Find a map and directory of food networks in Minnesota and get more details about recent and upcoming events. 

Healthy Food, Safe Food — This partnership between Extension and Minnesota Department of Health conducted a formative evaluation to aid in developing a plan of action to address regulatory barriers to improve access to healthy foods, while simultaneously maintaining and enhancing food safety.

Healthy Food Shelf Transformations — This SNAP-Ed-funded project aims to transform hunger relief in Minnesota to be more healthful, equitable, and reliable.

Healthy School Environments — Join us in making every school a healthy environment for Minnesota's children.

Latino Fathers Promoting Healthy Youth Behaviors — This AFRI grant-funded project to prevent obesity among Latino adolescents includes a multidisciplinary team and community-based participatory research.

Minnesota Smarter Lunchroom Collaborative — This first-of-its-kind statewide collaborative is working together to identify ways to efficiently and effectively to improve school nutrition environments.

Minnesota Food Charter — The charter guides policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe, and healthy food regardless of where they live.

Minnesota Food Charter Network: Engagement — This network supports and fosters shared action towards healthy food access for all, and a core function is engaging Minnesota food networks to build connections and strengthen capacity.

Related resources

Healthy bodies, healthy minds, healthy learners — The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium is engaging in a partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School to develop engaging learning environments that enhance student academic success.

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) ProgramMinnesota Department of Health — Supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants and children. Find an office near you: English | español | Lus Hmoob | Soomaali

Bridge to Benefits MinnesotaChildren's Defense Fund — Learn about support programs and tax credits; see if you are eligible. English | español

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