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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Featured Partner: West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc.

What makes West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc really stand out is their ability to envision possibility. “What if we...” is so often the beginning of a conversation with the folks at WCMCA.

WCMCA works to reduce the effects of poverty through a number of programs, from Head Start to fuel assistance. WCMCA understands how important relationships are in all these efforts; they have a deep understanding of the communities they serve.

“Cooking Smart” is one of those innovative, “What if we...” programs that is based on WCMCA's understanding of the community they serve. The idea came from realizing that some of the Head Start families would benefit from learning how to cook on a budget. Jill Fyre, family sufficiency coordinator, found a church to partner with and arranged for child care. A small grant provided groceries. Parents came with their kids, community nutrition educators provided great cooking tips and fun ways to discuss making food healthy, and then everyone ate together. It was like a party!
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