HEALTHY FOOD SHELVES
Supporting food shelves' efforts to provide healthy food to people in need
Why Food Shelves?
- More than 8,500 people a day seek groceries from food shelves in Minnesota.
- In 2011, there were over 3 million visits to Minnesota food shelves.
The Minneapolis Health Department is working with local food shelves and hunger agencies to increase healthy food options for individuals and families in need. These partners form the Minneapolis Healthy Food Shelf Network and focus on:
- Procurement: establishing systems to increase healthy food purchases and donations (especially of fresh produce) from local farmers, gardeners, and retail stores.
- Communications: developing messages and materials to encourage donors to give healthy items.
- Education: increasing awareness of, and demand for, healthy foods by providing nutrition education to food shelf clients and promoting healthy choices.
And new for 2014!
- Developing healthy food policies: a tool that food shelves can use to set goals for increasing the amount of nutritious foods available to clients and reducing less healthy options.
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Minneapolis Healthy Food Shelf Partners include:
- Brian Coyle Center
- CAPI Asian Food Shelf
- Community Emergency Service
- Good Works Food Shelf
- Little Kitchen Food Shelf
- New Creation Baptist Church
- North Point Health & Wellness
- Operation Living Hope
- Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
- Sabathani Community Center
- Salvation Army
- Second Helping Food Shelf (FOCUS Minnesota)
- Senior Food Shelf
- Waite House
- The Network's 2013 Plant an Extra Row campaign connected 114 community and backyard gardeners with local food shelves, resulting in more than 700 pounds of fresh produce donations.
- Seven food shelves enhanced their physical space by using display baskets, colorful signs, and recipe cards to make healthy items more visible and attractive to clients.
- Created the www.healthyfoodshelves.org website to communicate with potential donors and encourage them to support their local food shelf year-round.
For Food Shelves - Join the Healthy Food Shelf Network
- Network meetings occur on the 3rd Thursday of every other month at a different food shelf site. All are welcome! (2014 meeting schedule)
For Food Shelf donors - Support your local food shelf
- Donate healthy items like fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat/sodium/sugar canned or prepared goods, and 100% fruit juice.
- Host a healthy food drive at your school, place of worship, or neighborhood event.
- Make a financial donation to help food shelf staff purchase healthy items at wholesale prices.
- Visit www.healthyfoodshelves.org for more ways to support your local food shelf.
- Healthy Foods Policies
- Healthy Food Shelf Network Meeting notes
- Procuring Healthy Foods (Resources to help your food shelf connect with local healthy food sources)
- Promoting Healthy Food Donations (Messages and materials to use with food shelf donors)
- Increasing Client Demand for Healthy Food (Nutrition education materials for food shelf clients)
- Healthy food trainings, toolkits, and additional resources
Last updated Oct 20, 2014