Minnesota Food Charter Network

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The Minnesota Food Charter is a shared roadmap, developed by thousands of Minnesotans, that describes ninety-nine policy and system change strategies across all scales and sectors that can increase access to healthy food for all Minnesotans.

To ensure success at implementing these strategies, the Minnesota Food Charter Network was formed in concert with the MN Food Charter to support and track statewide implementation of Food Charter strategies. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is the organizational host for the Food Charter Network and will partner with other people and groups to provide administrative, convening, strategy, communications, measurement and fundraising support to all aspects of the Network.  Coordinating and aligning the Food Charter's multi-faceted agenda for change will require effective, coordinated cross-sector involvement by people from across the state, representing the full spectrum of our food system.

During a 2015 Network planning process, several areas were identified that would benefit from cross sector engagement, alignment and organized action:

  • Learning & Capacity Building
  • Shared Measurement
  • Policy
  • MN Food Funders Network

To support these priority areas, the Minnesota Food Charter Network will include Action Teams, comprised of two co-facilitators and up to 10 members, to identify strategic goals and build action plans for coordinated efforts over the coming years.  The action teams will meet over the next 18 months, with the following responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities within the Food Charter for statewide efforts to support implementation of Food Charter Strategies
  • Develop a work plan with goals and tactics to support identified priorities and contribute to action steps in between meetings
  • Work with the Network Director to identify funding sources to support or execute work plans
  • Ensure alignment with Network values, processes and priorities

Interested in joining a Minnesota Food Charter Network Action Team?  To learn more about the Network and Action teams, please review this document which describes the Minnesota Food Charter Network Action Teams and visit the Minnesota Food Charter Network webpage. To indicate your interest in participation, please fill out the Expression of Interest Form by January 29th. Once all forms are in and interest is known, the MN Food Charter Network Operations team will work to build action teams based on interest, experience and criteria outlined in the Expression of Interest form.