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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

  • Review this overview, worksheet, and timeline: Healthy Foods Policy Information
  • 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 Extension Educator Jamie Bain to help you draft a policy that addresses food selection and donation solicitation: jbain@umn.edu or 612-626-8762.

Find out more about promoting healthy eating at food shelves:

Download the complete document: Promoting healthy eating at food shelves (PDF).

Related resource

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

Sally Dover and Kelly Kunkel, Extension educators in health and nutrition

Revised 2014 by Kelly Kunkel, Extension educator in health and nutrition

Reviewed in 2018

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