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Federal SNAP-Ed/FNP reviewers moved by what they saw here (9/1/2017)

At the conclusion of countless hours of preparation, site visits and partner meetings, the NDSU Extension Family Nutrition Program Team heard, “no potential findings” from the SNAP-Ed/FNP federal review team the middle of July, and a letter from the reviewers received last week said the same. I’m told it’s a rare thing for states to not have any findings for corrective actions. As a matter of fact, reviewers gave glowing remarks during their visit and even plan to highlight our invoicing technique as a best practice for other states to adopt.

Along with the standard review of programs and finances, our team wowed them by involving coworkers, partner agencies and campus fiscal offices to demonstrate exceptional collaboration and stewardship of federal funds, and by inviting them into the “classroom” to see first-hand the impacts of the FNP program. Megan Ness Ditterick, FNP and EFNEP specialist and state coordinator shared this with me:  “At one point our regional coordinator left a program area looking out of sorts. When I went to check on her, she shared she was overcome with emotion witnessing first-hand the positive impact of our programming.” That’s what Extension’s about, and I offer special thanks to Ronda Gripentrog, Richland County; Lu Morehouse, Stutsman County; Linda Kuster, Grand Forks County; and Michelle Strang, formerly Cass County, for giving reviewers an eyeglass into your work. Thanks, too, to Kayla Bakewell and Chandra Langseth, agents in Richland County; and Jean Noland, agent in Grand Forks County and summer interns there, who partnered with Ronda and Linda on their presentations.

Please join me in a shout-out to the whole FNP team for their excellent work with families and youth, and to Megan Ness Ditterick and Susan Finneseth for their organization and support. They "change lives."

Applause photoKimberly Fox, Benson County; Debra Johnson, Burleigh & Morton counties; Megan Myrdal, Cass County; Nicole Smith, Dunn, McKenzie & Williams counties; Linda Kuster, Grand Forks County; Leigh Gunkel, Griggs, Steele & Traill counties; Carolee Kaylor, McHenry & Pierce counties; Tara Sondeland, Pembina & Walsh counties; Sara Laite, Ramsey County; Ronda Gripentrog, Richland County; Karen Armstrong, Rolette County; Mary Jean Hunter, Sioux County; Luella Morehouse, Stutsman County; Trisha Jessen, Ward County; Nikki Johnson and Jan Stankiewicz, area community health and nutrition specialists; and Susan Finneseth & Megan Ness Ditterick, state office

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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