Super Bowl Host Committee - The Viking mascot of the Minnesota Viking’s NFL football team joined in delivery of a $99,323 grant for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for Mino-Miijim program. Courtesy Steffenhagen Photography -

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The Viking mascot of the Minnesota Viking’s NFL football team joined in delivery of a $99,323 grant for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for Mino-Miijim program.

Super Bowl Host Committee grants $99,352 for MIlle Lacs Ojibwe Community Gardens

Mille Lacs Ojibwe Community gets Super Bowl “Good Food” garden boost

Mino-Miijim, the “Good Food” program of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, got nearly $100,000 from the 2018 Super Bowl Host Committee to invest in its sustainable community gardens program, thanks to Minnesota hosting the Super Bowl.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund has committed to giving grants to 52 communities over 52 weeks this year to improve health and wellness among young people while promoting the Super Bowl.

Youngsters from the Mille Lacs Ojibwe helped to paint murals and learned about planting at the Mino-Miijim greenhouse. Courtesy Steffenhagen Photography - Super Bowl Host Committee

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Youngsters from the Mille Lacs Ojibwe helped to paint murals and learned about planting at the Mino-Miijim greenhouse.

The $99,353 grant to Mille Lacs will purchase equipment for tending the garden, for adding more gardens, doing education with children and other support. It is the first to be given to a Native community. At the announcement of the grant, members of the host committee joined Mille Lacs members at the community greenhouse, where youngsters painted murals and learned about gardening and planting.

Mino-Miijim started three years ago, and this year will focus on providing sustainable foods for tribal members, given the lack of nearby grocery stores. It also teaches about food and nutrition.

In its release about the grant, the host committee pointed to the Mille Lacs reservation as a “food desert,” defined by the USDA as a low-income area where a substantial number of residents have limited access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

“A lack of access to nutritious food has led to diabetes-related health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity and chronic kidney disease,” Sam Moose, commissioner of Mille Lacs Band Health and Human Services Department said in the release. “This grant supports our effort to give our communities the ability to eat, share and sell healthy and locally produced food.”

The gardens provide food, but also foster engagement of young people with the community.

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Mino-Miijim program started three years ago to promote better eating and health in a sustainable way. Courtesy Steffenhagen Photography  -  Super Bowl Host Committee

Courtesy Steffenhagen Photography

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Mino-Miijim program started three years ago to promote better eating and health in a sustainable way.

“This grant will help us maintain and grow our community gardens and our Mino-Miijim program,” Mille Lacs Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin said in the release. “We believe getting our youth involved with gardening will lead to healthy eating, moderate exercise and a respect for the environment, for many future generations.”

The website explains the goals of the Legacy Fund, which blend with a Mille Lacs focus on children. “For the first time ever, children born today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. We need to get kids moving again. Eating better. Building lifelong habits. That’s why the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is turning this one-day event into a lasting legacy. To build a healthier, more active, life-changing future for all of Minnesota’s children, focused on three key areas – fun, fuel, and fundamentals.”
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