The New Minnesota Food Charter Network Strategic Team!

I am proud to announce a new and expanded Strategic Team for the Minnesota Food Charter Network, which will meet for its first time on March 29 in St. Cloud, MN. We’ve brought in a number of new voices and improved our representation of Minnesota’s regions and diverse population.

As the think-tank for the Minnesota Food Charter and the Minnesota Food Charter Network, the Strategic Team builds shared capacity to support Food Charter strategy implementation and alignment across the state. The Team oversees the vision, monitors the Network, and identifies future opportunities to move the Minnesota Food Charter forward.

Regional Representatives

  • Central – TBD
  • Metro – Rhys Williams, The Good Acre
  • Northwest – Tim Lutz, Kelliher School District
  • Northeast – Brooke Wetmore, Zeitgeist Center of Arts & Community
  • Southwest – Don Sorby, Cleaner Eats
  • Southeast – Sara George, Wabasha Farmers Market
  • West Central – Bukola Bakare, Ph.D. student at NDSU

Designated and At-Large Representatives

  • Metro Food Access Network – Nadja Bernache, Terra Soma
  • Fund Development – Lance Knuckles, Community Reinvestment Fund USA
  • Cross-Agency Working Group – TBD
  • Agriculture – Bruce Miller, Minnesota Farmers Union
  • Agriculture – Jennifer Wagner, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
  • Tribal – Cherilyn Spears, Red Lake Nation Economic Development & Planning
  • Food Industry – Sue Marshall, Agrifood Tech
  • Food Industry – Shannon Perry, Food Scientist
  • Food Industry – John Xiong, TC Food Justice
  • At-Large – Abdi Matan, Horn of Africa and Rehabilitation Action Network
  • At-Large – Antoine Williams, Direct Service
  • At-Large – Kelly Coughlin, People’s Center Clinic and Services
  • At-Large – Jim Lovold, Disability Advocate
  • At-Large – Fernando Burga, University of Minnesota
  • At-Large – Rob Williams, The Sheridan Story
  • At-Large – Bradley Kerschner, Community Emergency Assistance Program
  • At-Large – Michelle Miller, Two Harbors Area Food Shelf

Lead Funding Partners

  • Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute – Megan Forcia
  • University of Minnesota Extension – Mary Marczak
  • Minnesota Department of Health – Susan Bishop
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture – TBD
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services – Jessica Rochester