Accomplishments and Results:
The Healthy Food Shelf Network currently meets every other month. Each meeting highlights one Minneapolis food shelf including an organizational overview, facility tour, and best practices related to procuring and distributing healthy foods. Click here for a schedule of 2013 meetings.
In July 2012, the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD) conducted assessments in 13 food shelves to measure the amount of healthy food. Results varied across food shelves ranging from locations with a high percentage of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to locations with little to no fresh produce or whole grains. The highest percentage location stocked 1,766 lbs. of vegetables, 722 lbs. of fruits, and 1,971 lbs. of whole grains, while 5 food shelves had no fresh produce.
Based on the initial assessments, the MHD staff provides additional support to 7 food shelves that offer a limited amount of healthy food. Technical assistance is centered around procurement, communications, supplies and equipment, and trainings.
Employee Produce Drive
MHD also organized nine weekly collections at the Public Service Center and had the produce delivered to the food shelves operated by Catholic Charities and Operation Living Hope. 459 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables were donated to two local food shelves between mid-August and early October. The donated produce from home gardens and farmers markets made it possible for the food shelves to offer better nutritional options to the people who rely on food shelves for their basic food needs. The employee produce drive will begin again in June 2013.
Last updated May. 10, 2013