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Healthy Food Alliance of SE MN

Purpose

Our mission is to promote, educate, and advocate for healthy regional food. Since 2009, we’ve engaged over 30 community members in an ad hoc steering committee and study group for the SE Foodshed Planning Initiative, in the hopes of also developing a food system guidance body for the region. Around the same time, funding to SE counties via the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) brought new partners to this work. In collaboration with regional public health leaders, we hosted a food systems workshop in December 2010, bringing local foods advocates together with public health and other community leaders. Workshop participants reached consensus that establishing a long-term, well-organized food system development agenda would benefit the region.


Partners

Community-based committee members
Olmsted Public Health (SHIP 1.0 & 2.0)
SE 9-county public health cluster (SHIP 1.0)

Activities

In 2012, the group has formalized its name, mission, vision and structure and is now actively recruiting across eleven SE MN counties. Potential initial activities and events have been identified. More information can be found on the Healthy Eating Minnesota website.
Healthy Food Alliance page

Funding

Staff support and consultation since June 2010 (avg ~0.05 FTE)

Leveraged resources

$24,100 – SE 9-county public health cluster (SHIP 1.0)
$30,200 – Olmsted County Public Health (SHIP 1.0 & 2.0)
$10,000 – Olmsted County Public Health (Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant)
Staff support through Olmsted County Public Health and Goodhue County Public Health
Community committee members
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