Minnesota Food Charter in Action Events
As lead partner of engagement of the Minnesota Food Charter Network, University of Minnesota Extension is supporting nine “Minnesota Food Charter in Action” events in November 2017.
The goal of the nine events in November 2017 is to continue to support local and regional food charter work. These events will bring together community members, key decision makers, and food charter champions for collaborative and engaging events that:
- Build and strengthen relationships.
- Recognize and share local work to improve access to safe, affordable, and healthy food in the area.
- Facilitate discussion to identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities.
- Build momentum for collaboration and clear next steps for action.
Events will take place in nine regions of Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension is organizing the events with help from a steering committee and regional planning teams. Regions and contacts are listed below.
- Northwest — Noelle Harden
- Northeast — Betsy Johnson
- Southwest — Anne Dybsetter
- Southeast — Kelly Kunkel
- Central — Serdar Mamedov
- South Central — Kelly Kunkel
- West Central — Leah Gardner
- Metro — Jamie Bain
- Tribal — Shirley Nordrum
Thank you to the Minnesota Food Charter Network, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota for sponsoring these events.
The steering committee is providing shared templates for planning events that can be used by the local planning teams if they choose. Each steering committee member is also serving as a liaison for an event to support successful implementation and critical weaving of information across all nine events.
The steering committee includes representatives from the Minnesota Food Charter Network, Minnesota Farmers Union, Terra Soma, American Heart Association, Hunger Solutions, Second Harvest Heartland, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Health.
Event Planning Teams
Each event has a planning co-lead that supports a team made up of food charter champions. These champions will represent diversity in geography, food system sector, gender, race, and ethnicity. Each planning team will also have at least two University of Minnesota Extension staff members and additional administrative support from a member of the steering committee.
Co-leads and members of regional planning teams have the opportunity to:
- Build and strengthen relationships with key food systems stakeholders in the area.
- Gain skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating effective multi-stakeholder events.
- Gain skills for organizing and mobilizing groups to action.
Food Charter in Action Planning Team members should expect 6 to 8 hours of planning together before November. Planning teams will start meeting in the summer of 2017. Meetings will take place in-person at a central location, virtually through an interactive web-based meeting platform, or both. Teams will have the following core responsibilities:
- Work collaboratively to plan an engaging event that builds off the overall goal of the events stated above.
- Use the statewide template and add unique regional and local flavor.
- Identify and encourage community members, diverse food charter champions, and key decision makers to attend.
- Support facilitation and day-of organization of engaging and well executed events.
- Participate in a Minnesota Farmers Union listening session taking place this summer in their region.
Co-leads will have additional responsibilities related to event planning and facilitation of planning team meetings.
Minnesota Food Charter — The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe, and healthy food regardless of where they live.
Minnesota Food Charter Network: Engagement — This network supports and fosters shared action towards healthy food access for all, and a core function is engaging Minnesota food networks to build connections and strengthen capacity.