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.
The goal of the nine events is to continue to support local and regional food access work. These events will bring people together over food to:
- Build and strengthen relationships.
- Recognize and share local efforts around healthy food access.
- Identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities.
- Build momentum for inclusive collaboration and next steps for action.
University of Minnesota Extension is organizing the events with help from a steering committee and regional planning teams. Attend your regional event to help share solutions and action steps to improve healthy food access. All are welcome to attend.
Send an email to the contact(s) in your region for more information about assisting with or attending an event. Download this promotional flyer: Minnesota Food Charter in Action Series (PDF).
Contact: Noelle Harden
Date: Monday, November 20
Contact: Betsy Johnson
Date: Friday, December 1
Location: Mountain Iron
Contact: Anne Dybsetter
Date: Wednesday, December 6
Contacts: Serdar Mamedov and Kathy Geislinger
Date: Friday, November 17
Location: St. Cloud
Contact: Jill Amundson
Date: Tuesday, November 28
Contact: Jamie Bain
Date: Wednesday, November 29
Location: St. Paul
Contact: Shirley Nordrum
Date: Saturday, November 25
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.
These events are being supporting by a statewide steering committee and nine event planning teams.
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. Each planning team also has at least two University of Minnesota Extension staff members and additional administrative support from a member of the steering committee.
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.