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Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves

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Source Healthy Food

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

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

Once you know which healthy foods you want, start communicating with your distributors and donors. With donors, be direct about which foods are most appreciated.

What You Can Do Today

Tips for Success

Visit your local food bank to understand its distribution process. Knowing the food bank's limitations can help you ask better questions to get the food you need.

Ideas in Action: Fruit and Vegetable Bucks

One strategy for sourcing produce is to work with your local chamber of commerce and grocery stores to implement a "Fruit and Vegetable (FV) Bucks" program. Here's the process:

  1. You distribute FV Bucks to local grocery stores to display at their registers and ask clerks to promote the bucks to shoppers.
  2. Shoppers buy FV Bucks as they check out.
  3. Grocery stores forward the proceeds to your food shelf so you can buy produce.

How Extension Can Help

Related resources

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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