Minneapolis Healthy Food Shelf Network
DID YOU KNOW…?
- Over 80 food shelves and meal programs offer services in Minneapolis
- According to a report by Hunger Solutions, only 15% of Minnesotans consume the recommended number of fruits and vegetables daily.
The Minneapolis Healthy Food Shelf Network was created to help food shelves procure and distribute more high quality, healthy food items to their clients on a regular basis. Improving access to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables in community settings is an evidence-based strategy that supports increased consumption of healthy foods and leads to reductions in obesity and other chronic diseases. Through Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding, the initiative is bringing together food shelves and other hunger relief organizations to discuss and solve shared challenges to providing healthy food.
As part of the SHIP grant, the health department committed to convening representatives from Minneapolis food shelves and other key stakeholders (food banks, hunger relief coalitions and organizations) on a regular basis. This network launched in April 2012 and represents a number of neighborhoods within Minneapolis. You can find the schedule of 2013 Healthy Food Shelf Network meetings here.
The Healthy Food Shelf Network will facilitate communication among stakeholders in order to encourage collective thinking, problem-solving, and resource sharing. The network has since outlined key goals, activities and expected outcomes.
**For further information, or to learn how you can get involved with the Plant an Extra Row campaign, contact Kristen Klingler by email or call 612-673-2910.**
Accomplishments and Results
Healthy Food Shelf Network accomplishments to date include:
- Setting regular partner meetings to share information and work on solutions to common problems
- Conducting baseline assessments in 13 food shelves to measure existing healthy food options
- Providing technical assistance to 7 food shelves to make healthy options more accessible, visible, and attractive
- Coordinating City of Minneapolis employee produce drives
- Promoting the Plant an Extra Row campaign to community and backyard gardeners
- Developing standard communications messaging and materials
The following resources have been developed by the Healthy Food Shelf Network and are available for public use and dissemination.
Meeting notes of all past meetings are included in this section. The Healthy Food Shelf Network currently meets every other month to identify common barriers and collective solutions to increasing the amount of healthy food options available to food shelf clients. To faciliate information sharing among partners, each meeting also highlights a particular Minneapolis food shelf including an organizational overview, facility tour, and best practices related to procuring and distributing healthy foods.
Last updated Dec. 5, 2013