ROBUST PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Many residents and the organizations that represent and serve them are passionate about food access issues. The Minnesota Food Charter’s public input process engaged this broad diversity of residents, including:
Elected and appointed officials
Family farmers from rural, immigrant,
and urban communities
Food and farm businesses
Food and farm-related organizations that
serve diverse audiences
Healthcare and public health professionals
Healthy food advocates
Institutional foodservice decision-makers
Middle school and college students
People with food access issues
Researchers in agriculture, food, and health
Social justice advocates
Workers in food- and farm-related jobs
HOW DID WE DEVELOP THE FOOD CHARTER?
Thousands of Minnesotans in many communities and organizations helped develop the Food Charter. They attended events, contributed their ideas online, and provided leadership, identifying challenges and solutions related to healthy food access. To this input, we added expert opinions and the most current research on effective strategies for overcoming Minnesota’s barriers to healthy food access.
The Food Charter is intended to guide planning, decision-making, and collaboration for agencies, organizations, policy-makers, and public and private entities across the state.