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H&N Staff Mix and Mingle with Metro Community Partners

By Evalyn Carbrey, Regional Coordinator — SNAP-Ed

On Friday, February 10, the Metro Extension Health and Nutrition staff hosted a partner “meet and greet” event at the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC) in Minneapolis.

panoramic view of community room with many people

The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity to say thank you to our current partner agencies and programs, feature some of the great work of our Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) staff, and to foster new connections with current and future partners. Over 35 partners attended, included individuals from community organizations, public housing, local public health, and many others.

We invited partners to mingle with the Health and Nutrition staff — SNAP-Ed educators, community nutrition educators (CNEs), and Extension educators — and to bring others with them who may be interested in working with Extension in the future. This meet and greet provided an opportunity to showcase the work of our Health and Nutrition programs, and for staff to meet with individuals from a variety of different organizations. Extension staff had the chance to introduce partners to their coworkers, and brainstorm more ways to coordinate our work in the metro area.

three smiling Latino adults with name tags

Once our guests arrived at UROC, they could visit stations demonstrating our work. At one station, SNAP-Ed Educator Maria Teresa Thoreson demonstrated how to make your own granola. At another station, Michael Stratten, a CNE with EFNEP, led energizers — short physical activities — used in nutrition education classes. At a third station, CNE Roger Dahmen showed some of the common teaching tools used in classes. Finally, SNAP-Ed Educator Nancy Brewster encouraged people to have a little fun at a photo booth.

Nancy Brewster with a fake chef's hat and moustache

Based on the positive feedback we received from our partners about how great it was to meet additional Health and Nutrition staff and to learn more about our work, we are hoping this event can become an annual tradition in the metro.

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