Food Access Summit 2014

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The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute was a proud sponsor of the 2014 Food Access Summit held October 28-30, 2014 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). This event brought together leaders from agriculture, community development, education, health, hunger relief, human services and philanthropy sectors to improve access to healthy food for Minnesotans with limited financial resources.

The fourth event in a series, the 2014 summit marked the public launch of the Minnesota Food Charter, a roadmap for improving food access in Minnesota. The Minnesota Food Charter was developed through more than a year of public input from stakeholders across the state. A primary goal of the Minnesota Food Charter is to provide all Minnesotans, especially those with limited financial resources, with access to healthy, affordable and safe food.

Featured speakers of the Summit included artist and community leader Seitu Jones, Deputy Commissioner of Education Steve Dibb, Deputy Director of PolicyLink Mary M. Lee, Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson, and fellow with the Movement Strategy Center, Navina Khanna.

Click here to read the Summit program (.pdf) and schedule, as well as information about breakout sessions and speaker bios.

Mindy Kurzer at Food Access Summit 2014

HFHL Institute Director, Mindy Kurzer interviews with WDIO of Duluth at the 2014 Food Access Summit to talk about the importance of the newly unveiled Minnesota Food Charter. 


Janelle Waldock Version 3 Janelle Waldock, Director of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota chats with WDIO of Duluth about the Minnesota Food Charter that was launched at the 2014 Food Access Summit. Full article found here.