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FD in the News

Here’s your monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work Family Development staff members are doing.

A Collaborative Cooking Class
SNAP-Ed Educator June Sorenson has developed community partnerships for her hands-on cooking class in Wells, MN (Faribault County). Area churches have contributed funding for some of the groceries used in class and for all of the take-home groceries and child care.

To Help Jail Clients Gain Financial Freedom
FD has a reputation for helping families and communities in all corners of the state and from all walks of life improve their lives. Now a new program has Extension Educator Sarah Butler sharing her expertise with clients at the Dakota County Jail.

Farm to School is Cookin’ in Minnesota
With the help of FD Associate Program Director Stephanie Heim, Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership Team works across the agriculture, education, public health, and economic development sectors to grow and institutionalize farm to school initiatives.

Collaboration Between County Food Shelves Improves Access to Healthy Food
About a year and a half ago, Andrea Kronbach, a SNAP-Ed educator in Southeast Minnesota, approached Megan Kirby, a Waseca County community health specialist, about creating the Healthy Food Access Network to help open the lines of communication between Waseca County’s four food shelves and other key partners.

Area Organizations Discuss Steele County Residents' Barriers to Food, Ways to Address Issue
Food and accessibility to healthy options were the topics that more than 30 area representatives from different sectors of the food system discussed at the Steele County History Center in Owatonna this May. The event was facilitated by SNAP-Ed Educator Andrea Kronbach and Extension Educator Kelly Kunkel.

Free Dollars into Sense Class Teaches Budgeting
Extension Educator Sharon Powell taught a budgeting class at the Anoka County Work Force building this May. The class provided an overview of guidance on how — and where — to begin when it comes to creating a responsible and spending-savvy budget.

USDA Announces $3.8 Million in Grants
Six universities, including University of Minnesota, have been awarded nearly $4 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help fight obesity and improve the health of our nation’s children. Extension Center for Family Development Applied Research and Evaluation team member Ali Hurtado is the primary investigator on this grant. Learn more:

‘Energizers’ Encourage Active Classrooms at Mendota Heights Middle School
Teachers at Friendly Hills Middle School in Mendota Heights, MN, have been using FD’s Energizers program to reinforce lessons in math and vocabulary. Health and Nutrition staff offer Classroom Energizers Training statewide.
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