Eamon Whiteaker

Diabetes Education Coordinator
Department of Indian Work

Eamon Whiteaker began working for Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul in May 2016 as the Program Coordinator for the former Farm Faith Project. In August 2017, he also took on the role of Diabetes Education Coordinator for the Department of Indian Work.

As the Diabetes Education Coordinator, Eamon manages the Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS) program and a Youth FEDS component. In addition, he leads healthy cooking demonstrations and provides nutrition consultation to families and individuals in the American Indian community.

In his positions, Eamon gets to take on two areas of food. “When I started working at Interfaith Action, I was excited about my position because I love gardening. Working the soil is therapeutic. Growing food brings people together and brings vitality to a community,” said Eamon. “Now, that I have transitioned to working with the Diabetes Education program, I can’t wait to help draw people to the nutrition side of food as well.”

The now-concluded Farm Faith Project connected recent immigrants and refugees with congregations on the East Side of St. Paul. Through a partnership with HAP, participants gain new farming and economic skills while participating in community building with the neighborhood and congregants. Eamon served as a liaison between HAP, East Side congregations, and farmers working with the Farm-Faith Project. He also coordinated the Minnesota Hmong Agricultural Co-op CSA.

Eamon was born in Milwaukee, WI and spent the majority of his childhood there, but had stints in the Washington D.C. area, Cleveland, and St. Louis. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a BA in Communication Arts as well as a Certificate in American Indian Studies.

Eamon currently lives on the East Side of St. Paul with his family. Outside of work, Eamon is active as a Ramsey County Master Gardener. He loves working with food in all forms—growing it, cooking it, and, of course, eating it.