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Food Charter in Action events bring together 100s in support of healthy food access

By Stephanie Heim, associate program director

As lead partner of engagement of the Minnesota Food Charter Network, University of Minnesota Extension supported nine “Minnesota Food Charter in Action” events in November and December 2017.

Collage of people attending the Minnesota food charter in action events, sitting, eating, talking.

Thanks to the Minnesota Food Charter Network, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, these events brought nearly 700 community members, elected officials, and food access leaders together over food to:
  • Build and strengthen relationships.
  • Recognize and share local efforts around healthy food access.
  • Identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities.
  • Build momentum for inclusive collaboration and next steps for action.
Attendees noted these events helped them deepen their understanding about food access, build and strengthen relationships with other attendees, and generate ideas for taking action.

Learn more about the events, with highlights from around the state. And elsewhere in Family Matters, check out Serdar Mamedov’s report on the central Minnesota Food Charter in Action event.
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