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Minnesota Food Charter in Action Events

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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:

map of local regionsEvents 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.

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.

Steering Committee

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:

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:

Co-leads will have additional responsibilities related to event planning and facilitation of planning team meetings.

Related Resources

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.

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