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Develop a healthy food policy

A healthy food policy can help your food shelf. It establishes a vision and guidelines that focus on healthy eating among your clients. Once you complete a policy, including goals, you will to find many ways to make it come alive through the activities and initiatives outlined in this guide.

What you can do today

  • Request a meeting with food shelf leadership. You may need to convince them to make health and nutrition a priority.
  • Make a list of stakeholders who will have a vested interest in your policy and brainstorm ideas for engaging them.

How Extension can help

Connect with a SNAP-Ed health and wellbeing coordinator to help you draft a policy that addresses food selection and donation solicitation.

Related resource

Food Policy Networks — Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future — Find numerous resources for food policy work and join the national listserv.

Kelly Kunkel, Extension educator in health and nutrition

Reviewed in 2023

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