Develop a Healthy Food Policy
Sally Dover and Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educators — Health and Nutrition
Revised December 2014 by Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition.
A healthy food policy can help your food shelf by establishing a vision and guidelines that prioritize healthy eating among your clients. Once you complete a policy, including goals, you will to find many ways to make it come alive through the activities and initiatives outlined in this guide.
What You Can Do Today
- Review this overview, worksheet, and timeline: Healthy Foods Policy Information
- Request a meeting with food shelf leadership. You may need to convince them to make health and nutrition a priority.
- Make a list of stakeholders who will have a vested interest in your policy and brainstorm ideas for engaging them.
How Extension Can Help
- Connect with Extension Educator Jamie Bain to help you draft a policy that addresses food selection and donation solicitation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-8762.
Find out more about promoting healthy eating at food shelves:
- Identify Healthy Food
- Source Healthy Food
- Work with Local Growers
- Ensure Safety of Healthy Food
- Store Healthy Foods Properly
- Work with Limited Storage Space
- Drive Selection of Healthy Foods
- Provide Practical Information
- Find Healthy Recipes
- Enlist Volunteers' Help
- Include Healthy Foods in Your Backpack Program
- Do Cooking Demonstrations
- Fund Your Healthy Eating Initiatives
Download the complete Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves document (392 K PDF).
Nudging to Health: Promoting Healthy Choices at Your Food Shelf — Attend this workshop and access the training resources.