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Promoting healthy eating at food shelves

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Drive selection of healthy foods

Sally Dover and Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educators — Health and Nutrition

Revised December 2014 by Kelly Kunkel, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition.

Display is essential to encourage clients to select fresh produce and other healthy foods.

What you can do today

Tips for success

Display fresh produce and other healthy foods in prominent, well-lit locations, such as near the front entrance or in the center of the space.

Ideas in action: Choice-based shopping

If you currently pre-box or bag produce for clients, you may want to consider offering "choice-based" shopping of all foods, or for fresh produce only. This model lets clients choose the foods they prefer, which helps you make better use of your funding and resources.

Related resources

Healthy Food Shelf Transformations — This SNAP-Ed-funded project aims to transform hunger relief in Minnesota to be more healthful, equitable, and reliable.

Nudging to Health: Promoting Healthy Choices at Your Food Shelf — Attend this workshop and access the training resources.

Cooking Healthy on a Budget Videos — Show these short videos at your food shelf to increase awareness of common foods.

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