East Side Table is hiring a part-time Senior Coordinator!

East Side Table seek a part-time project coordinator for our senior food access pilot beginning spring 2018  through October 2018. East Side Table is working to address access to healthy food and development of new food skills with East Saint Paul’s diverse communities. Initiative include Make-at-Home Meal Kits from Local Crate, community events, cooking class, and community meals. Additional details here: East Side Table Senior Coordinator job description. 

The East Side Table senior pilot’s goal is to improve the health and well-being of East Side senior residents by increasing access to health food and opportunities to dine with neighbors, family, and friends. The main activities include small community meals with an individual community co-host, the development of an East Side Table Senior Advisory Council, and inter-generational community meals during the summer months. The Senior Coordinator would

We’re looking for someone with experience in working with senior populations, a passion for food access and cooking, and an understanding of the vibrancy and diversity of the East Side of Saint Paul communities. Hours range from 10-20 a week, including some evening and weekends with flexible schedule.

For more details and to apply: Send resume and letter of interested to info@eastsidetable.org or call 651-300-2505.


-East Side Table

Partner Spotlight: University of Minnesota Extension

University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition is a program of the Center for Family Development. Their focus is making the healthy choice the easy choice for all Minnesotans, through research, education and engagement in the community. Extension Health and Nutrition staff work on systems-level issues of food access and policy as well as food skills and education. They have two federally funded nutrition education programs that serve income-qualified populations; SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) and EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program), as well as a cooking intensive curriculum called Cooking Matters. All three programs have worked with partners on the East Side to provide nutrition tips and cooking knowledge to seniors, adults, children and families.

Extension joined East Side Table in 2017 to see how their Health & Nutrition programs could support current and future projects around healthy food, specifically the Make-at-Home Meal Kits! It has been a huge privilege to get to know extension and learn from their shared wisdom and experience working on nutrition and healthy eating projects throughout the Twin Cities. We have all been excited to share ideas and resources such as grocery store tours for meal kit participants, connecting partners with SNAP-Ed, EFNEP and Cooking Matters classes, and engaging with partners about how to increase healthy food access for all East Side residents.

Thank you to Laura Bohen and the rest of University of Minnesota Extension for their dedication to healthy food access and nutritional knowledge throughout the East Side Saint Paul community!

Partner Spotlight: East Side Family Clinic

The East Side Family Clinic and Irene Alton have been an integral part of the foundation of East Side Table. By helping provide nutrition education tools, teaching healthy eating workshops, and bringing the valuable perspective of a registered dietitian, we have been able to keep the health of the East Side community as a top priority! Read below to learn the other great work that Irene and the East Side Family Clinic does for the East Saint Paul community.


The East Side Family Clinic, as part of West Side Community Health Services, provides high quality health care regardless of ability to pay. Those without health insurance are supported through a discount (sliding fee scale) program. Comprehensive services, provided by bilingual and bicultural staff, include primary, specialty, urgent and preventive health care for all ages; mental health, social work and nutrition counseling; dental care, discounted pharmacy, transportation and assistance with health plan enrollment. All are welcome. Nutrition services are available to anyone, regardless of where they receive medical care.


The East Clinic nutritionist’s role as a member of the East Side Table includes authorship of nutrition education materials, advocacy for healthy, affordable and easy to replicate meal kit recipes and patient referrals to the meal kit program. East Side Table is especially excited to have Irene at the table as we gear up for our next round of Make-at-Home Meal Kits; picking culturally representative AND healthy recipes, planning nutrition classes with East Side partners, and finding fun ways to include nutrition education in our upcoming events.


Thanks to West Side Community Health Services and Irene at the East Side Family Clinic for your dedication and commitment to increasing access to healthy food for all on the East Side of Saint Paul!


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Join us at the table!

Welcome to Table Talk, East Side Table’s space for updates and exciting info! This page will be dedicated to East Side Table happenings, East Side community, and the 13 local partner organizations that help make it all come together. Each post will focus on sharing our current progress with our Make-at-Home Meal Kits, East Side Saint Paul community events, and spotlights of our important partner groups and their impact on the East Side Saint Paul community and East Side Table. So please, take your seat at the table and enjoy!

We would also love to know your interests as readers and community members. If you have a topic or question you would like to bring up for East Side Table or if you’re interested in an advisory council role, being a part of the Make-at-Home Meal Kit program, or attending an upcoming event, please email us at info@eastsidetable.org or comment on our Facebook page! 

-East Side Table

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