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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Extension Partnership in Southwest Minnesota Recognized for Moving Families Toward Self-Sufficiency

By Bonnie Christiansen, Regional Coordinator — Health and Nutrition

Some partnerships become more and more robust as time goes on. Western Community Action (WCA) was recently recognized for just such a partnership with Extension’s SNAP-Ed program in southwest Minnesota. WCA is a private, non-profit organization formed in southwest Minnesota in 1965 as one of many community action agencies established nationwide under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight poverty and help people achieve self-sufficiency.

On March 23, WCA received a Best Practices Award from Minnesota Community Action Partnership, Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity, and the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. The award was based on WCA’s wellness initiatives for SNAP-eligible populations.

L-R: John Fitzgerald, Lori Lerohl, Margaret Palan of WCA,
Darlyce Rangaard from U of M Extension SNAP-Ed, Angela Larson of WCA.
WCA makes a difference in the communities it serves by partnering with Extension SNAP-Ed to deliver classes like Cooking Matters® Minnesota, I CAN Prevent Diabetes, and Crockpot Cooking. In addition, WCA received a Community Partnership Funding subcontract from Extension’s SNAP-Ed program to bring EBT acceptance to regional farmers markets. You can read more about this six-year partnership here: For Community Action, a Community Approach.

Western Community Action was one of eight community initiatives with proven results in moving families toward self-sufficiency to receive a Best Practices Award on March 23. The awards go to local community action agencies that have achieved outstanding and measurable impacts in helping low-income households achieve greater economic self-sufficiency and in building partnerships across social service, government, and business sectors to better meet the needs of local communities. Minnesota Community Action Partnership, Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity, and the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development have partnered for the past 11 years to evaluate and recognize initiatives that aim to end poverty across Minnesota.

Interested in partnering with Extension's SNAP Education program? Visit Where to Find Us and click on the county closest to you.

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