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SNAP-Ed Community Partnership Funding
Extension's SNAP-Education Community Partnership Funding supports 15 local, regional and statewide agencies through grant money for 2016. The partner agencies work to improve the health of Minnesotans with limited resources by implementing changes in the policies, systems, and the environment in their communities.
January 31, 2017 was the official end date for these projects. Learn about their accomplishments: The Power of Partnerships.
SNAP-Ed Community Partners
The organizations listed below are collaborating with SNAP-Ed staff on improving the health of Minnesotans with limited financial resources. Learning together, the partnerships are identifying ways to implement policy, system, and environmental changes within organizations and communities to promote healthy eating and active living. Click on “More information +” to see the scale of the project, primary grant location, population served, and project description.
- Action for Healthy Kids: Every Kid Healthy
Scale of project: Statewide
Primary grant location: High-need schools across the state
Population served: School-age children across the state, especially at high-needs schools.
Project description: Action for Healthy Kids, in partnership with U of M Extension SNAP-Ed, will issue Every Kid Healthy grants to high-need Minnesota schools — funding that will facilitate school wellness enhancements focusing on healthy eating and physical activity and ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice for Minnesota students, families, and schools.
- Amherst H. Wilder Foundation: Twin Cities Mobile Market
Scale of project: Sites within St. Paul
Primary grant location: Mobile sites in East Side, Frogtown, North End, and West Side
Population served: Residents living greater than 185 percent poverty, low-income or low-access neighborhood residents, people of color living in these neighborhoods
Project description: The Twin Cities Mobile Market, a program of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, is partnering with U of M Extension SNAP-Ed to promote healthy eating among residents living in poverty in Ramsey County. Specifically, this project aims to expand their environmental change work in these low-income neighborhoods by partnering with SNAP-Ed to make policy, systems, and environmental changes that support healthy eating.
- Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency: The Rutabaga Project
Scale of project: Neighborhood/community
Primary grant location: Pine Mill Court public housing complex; Virginia Northside neighborhood; Virginia Southside neighborhood
Population served: Residents in low-income Virginia neighborhoods
Project description: The Rutabaga Project, through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, proposes to develop an action plan with community participants so that the development of a local food system is affordable, accessible, and sustainable. Its development will be human-centered, and community well-being will be foundational to the project.
- Brooklyn Center Community Schools: Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Foods
Scale of project: School site/school district
Primary grant location: Brooklyn Center Secondary
Population served: Youth of Brooklyn Center
Project description: Brooklyn Center Community Schools proposes to address access, low fruit and vegetable consumption, and lack of knowledge about nutrition and benefits of whole foods among Brooklyn Center Secondary students and the broader community.
- CentraCare Health Foundation: Community Network
Scale of project: Community-wide
Primary grant location: Long Prairie
Population served: High-barrier residents of Long-Prairie and surrounding area
Project description: BLEND (Better Living: Exercise & Nutrition Daily), part of CentraCare Health Foundation, will hire a staff person to assist CentraCare Health — Long Prairie to pilot a Community Network model that will fully incorporate SNAP-Ed participation. The staff person will work to recruit a broad spectrum of community members to make up the Network. Members will be recruited from health care, public health, schools, community officials, businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations, SNAP-Ed, and BLEND. The Network will clarify the mission; develop a sustainability plan; and formalize rules, roles, procedures, and responsibilities.
- Churches United in Ministry: Supportive Housing
Scale of project: Housing site specific
Primary grant location: Steve O’Neil and Center City housing communities, with reach to downtown Duluth partnerships.
Population served: Residents of Steve O’Neil and Center City housing
Project description: Churches United in Ministry, in collaboration with Center City Housing Corporation, proposes to promote healthy eating and active living among the families and children living in the supportive housing that they own and operate together. We will surround families in our supportive housing programs with experiences that promote healthy eating from farm to fork and from cradle through maturity, through cultivation, farmers markets, and food preparation.
- City of Bloomington, Division of Public Health: Preventing Obesity
Scale of project: Multi-city area
Primary grant location: Cities of Richfield and East Bloomington
Population served: Latino children and families
Project description: City of Bloomington, Division of Public Health proposes application of a coordinated approach to obesity prevention targeting Latino children and families through childcare, schools, and community settings.
- Little Earth of United Tribes: Positive Change through Culture
Primary grant location: Little Earth housing community
Population served: Residents and families of Little Earth housing community
Project description: The goal of this project is to provide support for families at Little Earth to become role models of positive change in culturally-rooted sustainable living habits. Four families with children who participate in the Youth Development Center’s Wild Rice Camp and or dance troupe will be provided with the resources (human, material, and educational) to change and improve their lifestyle as a family. The ultimate goal is to build a cohort of families with the skills and knowledge necessary to create the change they, as residents, want and need to help the community live healthy, active lifestyles.
- Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics: SNAP Screening
Scale of project: Twin Cities Metro area
Primary grant location: Four Twin Cities Metro primary clinics that serve a large number of Medicaid patients
Population served: Children living with nutrition insecurity
Project description: Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation will inform and equip pediatric primary care providers, including family physicians who serve a high number of SNAP-eligible patients how to screen for nutrition insecurity and establish or improve the referral process to SNAP-Ed and related programs.
- Minnesota Food Association: Accepting EBT at Farmers Markets
Scale of project: Statewide
Primary grant location: Farmers markets across the state
Population served: Farmers market patrons around the state who receive SNAP
Project description: Minnesota Food Association proposes to set up systems for accepting EBT at up to 16 farmers markets around Minnesota in order to improve access to and consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other SNAP-eligible foods for Minnesotans living in poverty and utilizing SNAP benefits.
- Pillsbury United Communities: Putting Public Land into Production
Scale of project: Community centers and adjacent communities
Primary grant location: Brian Coyle Center in Cedar Riverside and Waite House in Phillips
Population served: Community center patrons and residents of these adjacent communities
Project description: Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) proposes to enact system change by developing an access pathway for the use of public land by community members to grow food in these neighborhoods. Following this change, PUC centers will develop garden projects to demonstrate the increased feasibility of access, produce food for the community, promote gardening, and host cooking and nutrition classes through SNAP-Ed.
- Project FINE: A Model for Health Promotion
Scale of project: Community-wide
Primary grant location: Cities of Winona and Saint Charles
Population served: Refugee and immigrant population in Winona County
Project description: Project FINE proposes to empower refugees and immigrants and engage in policy, systems, and environmental work related to health and nutrition by developing a model for health promotion — similar to the Latino Health Access promotora model — that will engage the refugee and immigrant population and foster positive change for individuals, families, and the entire community.
- Public Health Law Center: Powering Coalitions
Scale of project: Statewide
Primary grant location: Coalitions and networks across Minnesota
Population served: Existing food access and advocacy networks in each Minnesota region that could benefit from legal support
Project description: The Public Health Law Center proposes to provide technical assistance to build the capacity of local, regional, and statewide coalitions and networks working to increase access to healthy food for low-income Minnesotans through PSE (policy, systems, and environmental) strategies.
- UMN NW Regional Sustainable Development Partnership: Linking Partners
Scale of project: Regional
Primary grant location: Multi-county Northwest Minnesota SNAP-Ed region
Population served: Network partners working to increase food access
Project description: Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership proposes to convene and host conversations linking farmers market managers and vendors, and community garden champions to SNAP-eligible households, the emergency food system, local public health staff, and health care providers. These conversations also will include ideas from Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) representatives. The format for these conversations will include both face-to-face meetings and online presentation and discussion.
- Western Community Action: Increasing Access to Farmers Markets
Scale of project: Regional
Primary grant location: Target counties and farmers markets in the southwest region
Population served: Patrons (particularly SNAP recipients) and vendors at farmers markets
Project description: Western Community Action will increase the access that SNAP participants have to farmers markets in four counties in southwest Minnesota to create systems change within the farmers markets.
About the Funding
Extension’s SNAP-Education Community Partnership Funding granted funds to 15 local, regional, and statewide agencies in 2016. Partners were chosen to work collaboratively with SNAP-Ed to help bring about policy, system, and environment change, using practical strategies to help break down barriers to healthy eating and active living.
The Community Partnership grantees are diverse in size and scope, representing a mix of programs offered in rural, urban, and suburban settings throughout Minnesota. They include large public health and school programs, health care providers, faith-based and philanthropic organizations and community groups.
Our partners serve populations eligible for SNAP-Ed through both traditional and innovative programming. Their grants are designed to help organizations build capacity and sustainability.
Through the grants, we seek to improve the health of Minnesotans with limited financial resources. As we collaborate with our partners, the lessons we will learn from one another will help guide future SNAP-Ed work.
As part of the initiative, tools will be developed to document the assessment process and measure the success of projects.
SNAP Education — The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
SNAP-Ed: Our Expanded Focus — Jamie Bain, Extension educator, explains the broadened reach of our work in this blog post.
Schoolhouse Broc-coli — This 3-minute video describes our Health and Nutrition work in Minnesota schools.
The Spectrum of Prevention — Prevention Institute — This tool provides a comprehensive framework for addressing major public health issues.
PSE 101 — ChangeLab Solutions — This webinar provides an introduction to building healthier communities through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change.
Minnesota Food Charter — The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe, and healthy food regardless of where they live.