Our Center has made a commitment to better meet the needs of families in the communities where the majority of Minnesotans live: the Twin Cities metro area. The expansion of staffing and programming is especially evident in the Health and Nutrition program area. All EFNEP programming is in the metro, more than 25 percent of SNAP-Ed Educators are now located there, and two additional Health and Nutrition Extension Educators have joined FD’s metro EE group.
However, there was a problem. As Mary Marczak, Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation, put it last summer, “We are bursting at the seams in the metro and people do not have office space.”
On behalf of the team pulled together by Mary, I’m happy to announce that a three-year lease is being entered into for a building at 1902 Minnehaha Avenue West, in the heart of St. Paul and five minutes from campus. The space will house Associate Program Director Margaret Haggenmiller, EFNEP EE Cassie Silveira, Health and Nutrition EEs Laura Perdue and Laura Bohen, Cooking Matters™ Associate Program Director CeAnn Klug, and a dozen SNAP-Ed and EFNEP coordinators and educators.
A kitchen with class space available is part of the plans, focused on Cooking Matters™ Minnesota. We are currently finalizing build-out plans with an architect. Furnishing and final move-in plans are still to come. Stay tuned for announcements about a grand opening in the next few months!