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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Metro Food Access Network Success!

The Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) has been hard at work!

Met Council's Thrive MSP 2040 sets one vision for the metropolitan region.

ThriveMSP 2040 was created by the Metropolitan Council and is the vision for the 7-county metro region over the next 30 years. It reflects the Met Council's concerns and aspirations, anticipates future needs in the region, and addresses our responsibility to future generations.

The initial ThriveMSP 2040 document had only one paragraph related to food access.

At the February MFAN meeting, the Land Access work group decided to draft and submit a letter to the Met Council outlining the areas of the document where food access should be highlighted. MFAN member organization, West Side Community Organization, lead the campaign to draft the letter. Many MFAN members helped draft the document and even more signed on to the completed copy. This letter was submitted to the Met Council before the deadline for public input in April 2014.

Success

The Met Council incorporated MFAN's recommendations into the final draft of the plan! The document went from containing less than one paragraph about food access to now having food access as a theme throughout the plan. See "Thrive MSP 2040 Success!" for details on where food access is highlighted in the document (contact Jamie Bain for a copy of the document).

Interested in MFAN's work? Contact Jamie Bain to learn more or visit the Metro Food Access Network website.

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