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Healthy Food Access

Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves

Looking to source local foods and promote healthy food access in food shelves? We have tools and strategies to help!

View each section as a one page PDF or download the full document: Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves (562 K PDF).

  • Identify Healthy Food

    You can find “healthy foods” in all five food groups — look for options that are lower in added sugar, sodium, and saturated fat. (282 K PDF)

  • Source Healthy Food

    Once you know which healthy foods you are looking for and which foods you want to limit, start communicating with your distributors and donors. (272 K PDF)

  • Work with Local Farmers or Community Gardeners

    Local growers of all kinds can be a great source of fresh produce for food shelves, but they may not know that you accept fresh produce donations or have funds to purchase fresh produce. (279 K PDF)

  • Ensure Safety of Healthy Food

    Monitor the safety of healthy food the same way you monitor the safety of any other food. (270 K PDF)

  • Store Healthy Food

    Different foods have different storage requirements. Storing food in optimal conditions will preserve the flavor and quality. (270 K PDF)

  • Work Around Limited Storage Space

    Storage space is often a limiting factor for fresh food distribution, especially in smaller food shelves that have limited operating hours, low product turnover, and infrequent deliveries. (269 K PDF)

  • Display Healthy Food

    For food shelves that offer a choice-based shopping experience, how you display food makes a tremendous difference in what clients choose. (274 K PDF)

Resources (90 K PDF)

Other Recommended Resources

SNAP-Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the health choice the easy choice. Connect with a SNAP-Ed educator near you.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) — Teaching limited resource families in the Twin Cities to eat smarter and move more.

Agency ResourcesEmergency Foodshelf Network — Resources developed through listening to and collaborating with agency partners.

Cooking Matters in Your Food PantryShare Our Strength's Cooking Matter® — A free guide to planning, organizing, and leading food pantry demos in your community.

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