Legacy Fund Awards Grant to CLUES to Help Expand Headquarters in Saint Paul
Tue Dec 12 00:00:00 CST 2017
SAINT PAUL, MN – Today, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund awarded a $100,000 grant to CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio). CLUES is Minnesota’s largest Latino-led nonprofit and is focused on enhancing the capacity of individuals and families to be healthy, prosperous and engaged in their communities.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a yearlong effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
CLUES will be expanding its Headquarters in East Side St. Paul in 2018; their new space will help expand intergenerational programming for Latinos and immigrant families in Minnesota. The MNSBHC Legacy Fund grant will be applied to building a teaching kitchen to help the community improve eating and nutrition habits. The new facility will help Latino youth and adults learn about healthy food habits, meal preparation, business entrepreneurship and more. CLUES’ building, including its tenant, the Consulate of Mexico, currently attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year.
“The expansion of our headquarters in Saint Paul is a long-term effort to engage more Latino families and immigrants and to provide critical access to information and education,” said Ruby Lee, President of CLUES. “This grant from the MNSBHC will help us provide training and education for youth and others, help them lead healthier lives and pursue job opportunities such as careers in food-related industries.”
Saint Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter joined CLUES staff, the MNSBHC and Saint Paul’s Latino community today at a special celebration where guests participated in games, enjoyed Latino food and beverages and danced to a special performance by a children’s mariachi group from Academy Cesar Chavez Charter School.
“CLUES is an important resource for Latino families, young people and immigrants in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships, MNSBHC. “We are so pleased to help this organization expand its headquarters. We know the investment of a food prep and educational kitchen will help young people in Saint Paul learn healthy cooking and food preparation techniques and share these lessons with their families and neighbors.”
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