Food networks in Minnesota
Food networks are multi-stakeholder groups of people working together to advance change in the food system. More than 60 active and developing food networks are at work in Minnesota.
Health and Nutrition staff created an email list, map, and directory of Minnesota's food networks as part of Extension's leadership role in the engagement function of the Minnesota Food Charter Network. You can use these online resources to connect with food network leaders across the state, learn about their work, and engage in food systems change in your community and across Minnesota.
Extension hosts a monitored email list in order to help Minnesota Food Networks stay connected and share resources. Join today by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also host quarterly online meetings with food network leaders. Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows:
- Thursday, March 23, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. View meeting notes: Virtual Policy Meeting with Food Network Leaders.
- Thursday, June 8, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. View meeting notes: Virtual Meeting of Food Network Leaders.
- Thursday, September 21, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 14, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
The goal for this year's quarterly meetings is to support, connect, and build capacity of food network leaders to activate their networks to engage in policy efforts of all scales (local, regional, statewide, national, institution).
If you plan to attend any of these meetings, please RSVP here: 2017 Quarterly Meetings of Food Networks RSVP form.
This ArcGIS map demonstrates the breadth and scope of food networks across Minnesota and provides information to help you connect with each network. Open the map in a new window: Minnesota Food Networks: ArcGIS Map.
This screenshot of the ArcGIS map shows all the known food networks in Minnesota.
This table lists all known food networks in Minnesota. Don't see a network listed that you think should be in the directory? Need to update info about your network? Other questions? Contact Noelle Harden.
Minnesota food networks import
|Region||Network Name||Status||Contact Name||Contact Name||Geography|
|Central||United Way Access to Food Community Solution Team||Active||Alexis Lutgen||Alexis Lutgen||Stearns County, Benton County, and portions of Sherburne and Wright Counties|
|Central||Central Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition||Active||Eric Sannerud||Eric Sannerud||Central Minnesota|
|Central||East Central Food Network||Active||Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs Counties|
|Central||Crow River Food Council||Active||Connie Carlson||Connie Carlson||Wright County|
|Central||Hunger Free Sherburne County||Active||Carmen Pouliot||Carmen Pouliot||Sherburne County|
|Central||Central Region Food Access Network||Active||Serdar Mamedov||Serdar Mamedov||Wadena, Cass, Todd, Crow Wing, and Morrison Counties|
|Central||Long Praire Wellness Network||Active||Katie Gruber||Katie Gruber||Long Prairie|
|Metro||Anoka County Food Solutions||Active||Anoka County|
|Metro||Carver County Food Shelf and Partner Network||Active||Caitlin Huiras||Caitlin Huiras||Carver County|
|Metro||Metro Food Access Network (MFAN)||Active||Jamie Bain||Jamie Bain||Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Washington, Carver, Dakota, and Scott Counties|
|Metro||Homegrown Minneapolis||Active||Tamara Downs Schwei||Tamara Downs Schwei||City of Minneapolis|
|Metro||St. Paul/Ramsey Co Food and Nutrition Commission||Active||Nadja Berneche||Nadja Berneche||Ramsey County|
|Metro||Northside Fresh||Active||Miah Ulysse||Miah Ulysse||North Minneapolis|
|Metro||Urban Farm and Garden Alliance||Active||Melvin Giles||Melvin Giles||City of St. Paul: Rondo and Frogtown neighborhoods|
|Metro||Farmers Market Collaborative||Active||Tamara Downs Schwei||Tamara Downs Schwei||City of Minneapolis|
|Metro||Metro Refugee Health Task Force||Active||Danushka Wanduragala||Danushka Wanduragala||Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Washington, Carver, Dakota, and Scott Counties|
|Metro||Twin Cities Agriculture Land Trust||Active||Valentine Cadieux||Valentine Cadieux||Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Washington, Carver, Dakota, and Scott Counties|
|Metro||Phillips Healthy Living-Food Shelf Team||Active||Ethan Neal||Ethan Neal||City of Minneapolis: Phillips neighborhood|
|Metro||East Side Table||Active||Terese Hill||Terese Hill||East Side of St. Paul|
|NE||Rutabaga Project||Active||Kelsey Gantzer||Kelsey Gantzer||Viginia, Iron Range|
|NE||Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability||Active||Melissa Roach||Melissa Roach||St Louis, Itasca Counties|
|NE||Western Lake Superior Good Food Network||Active||Clare Hintz||Clare Hintz||Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kooch, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis Counties plus NW Wisconsin and southern Ontario; focus on Duluth and the North Shore|
|NE||Healthy Northland Core Team||Active||Brian Bluhm||Brian Bluhm||Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kooch, Lake, and St. Louis Counties|
|NE||Get Fit Itasca||Active||Anna Johnson||Anna Johnson||Itasca County|
|NE||Northwoods Food Project||Active||Hartley Newell-Acero||Hartley Newell-Acero||Cook County|
|NE||Carlton County Food & Nutrition Network||Active||Ali Bilden Camps||Ali Bilden Camps||Carlton County|
|NE||Fair Food Access Campaign||Active||Brooke Wetmore||Brooke Wetmore||City of Duluth|
|NE||Duluth Community Garden Program||Active||Maris Dishno||Maris Dishno||City of Duluth|
|NE||Aitkin County Good Food Network||Active||Denise Cleveland||Denise Cleveland||Aitkin County|
|NE||Aitkin County Local Food Collaborative||Active||Lynn Mizner||Lynn Mizner||Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties|
|NW||Cass Clay Food Partners||Active||Noelle Harden||Noelle Harden||Cass County, ND and Clay County, MN|
|NW||TRF Growing Forward||Active||Amy Beckius Johnson||Amy Beckius Johnson||Pennington, Red Lake, Marshall, Roseau, Kittson Counties|
|NW||Mahnomen Community Nutrition Network||Active||Sara Vanoffelen||Sara Vanoffelen||White Earth Reservation|
|NW||Lake Agassiz Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association||Active||Kelsey Wulf||Kelsey Wulf||NW Region: from Fergus Falls north to Canada, from North Dakota East to Bemidji|
|NW||Toxic Taters Coalition||Active||Katie Deschene||Katie Deschene||Becker, Wadena, Hubbard, Cass, Otter Tail, Todd Counties|
|NW||White Earth Food Sovereignty Initiative||Active||Zachary Paige||Zachary Paige||White Earth Nation|
|NW||NW RSDP Local Food / Sustainable Ag Workgroup||Active||Linda Kingery||Linda Kingery||Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, Hubbard, Beltrami. Polk, Norman, Mahnomen, Clay, Wilkin, Becker, Otter Tail Counties; White Earth, Red Lake, and Leech Lake Tribal Nations|
|NW||Kelliher Food Network||In Development||Deb Dilley||Deb Dilley||Towns of Kelliher and Northome|
|NW||Headwaters Food Sovereignty Council||Inactive||Simone Senogles||Simone Senogles||Hubbard, Beltrami, Cass, Itasca, Mahnomen, Pennington, Red Lake, Clearwater, Becker, Polk Counties|
|NW||Detroit Lakes Community Food Partnership||Inactive||Janet Lindberg||Janet Lindberg||Town of Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities|
|SE||Hunger Assistance Network||Active||Sheri Sander-Silva||Sheri Sander-Silva||Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties|
|SE||Watonwan County Community Food Partnership||Active||Beth Labenz||Beth Labenz||Watonwan County|
|SE||Faribault County Community Food Partnership||Active||Alyssa Munsterman||Alyssa Munsterman||Faribault County|
|SE||Growing Acres||Active||Da'Nela Higgins||Da'Nela Higgins||Austin|
|SE||Roots, Shoots and Boots Food Network||Active||Kelly Kunkel||Kelly Kunkel||Mankato and North Mankato|
|SE||Waseca County Healthy Food Access Network||In Transition||Megan Kirby||Megan Kirby||Waseca County|
|SE||Healthy Eating Group Steele County||Active||Tanya Paley||Tanya Paley||Steele County|
|SE||The Winona Community Food Network Steering Committee||In Transition||Sandra Burke||Sandra Burke||Winona County|
|SE||St. Peter Food Access Network||Active||Leah Mahoney||Leah Mahoney||St. Peter|
|SE||Martin County Community Food Partnership||Active||Alyssa Munsterman||Alyssa Munsterman||Martin County|
|SE||Wabasha County Food Access Network||Active||Tina Moen||Tina Moen||Wabasha County|
|Statewide||Born to Thrive||Active||Sophia Lenarz-Coy||Sophia Lenarz-Coy||Statewide|
|Statewide||Child Nutrition and Wellness Advisory Group||Active||Gloria Wilkinson||Gloria Wilkinson||Statewide|
|Statewide||MN Hunger Initiative||Active||TBD||Statewide|
|Statewide||MN Food Charter Network||Active||Jared Walhowe||Jared Walhowe||Statewide|
|Statewide||MN for Healthy Kids Coalition||Active||Rachel Callanan||Rachel Callanan||Statewide|
|Statewide||MN Schoolyard Garden Coalition||Active||MNSGC Stewardship Team||MNSGC Stewardship Team||Statewide|
|Statewide||Farm to School Leadership Team||Active||Stephanie Heim||Stephanie Heim||Statewide|
|Statewide||Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota||Active||Theresa Keaveny||Theresa Keaveny||Statewide|
|Statewide||Mobile Food Shelf Task Force||In Transition||Peter Woitock||Peter Woitock||Statewide|
|Statewide||MN Farm to Early Care Coalition||Active||Erin McKee||Erin McKee||Statewide|
|Statewide||Good Food Access Fund Campaign||Active||Leah Gardener||Leah Gardener||Statewide|
|Statewide||MN Farm to School & Early Care Policy Stakeholders Group||Active||Erin McKee||Erin McKee||Statewide|
|Statewide||Nutritious Food Coalition||Active||Sarah Aughenbaugh||Sarah Aughenbaugh||Statewide|
|Statewide||Partners to End Hunger||Active||Colleen Moriarity||Colleen Moriarity||Statewide / Federal|
|Statewide||Providers Choice||Active||Kate Abernathy||Kate Abernathy||Statewide|
|Statewide||Minnesota Young Food Professionals||Active||Eric Sannerud||Eric Sannerud||Statewide|
|Statewide||Pesticide Action Network North America, Minnesota Chapter||Active||Willa Childress||Willa Childress||Statewide|
|Statewide||Healthy Native Foods Network||Active||Takayla Lightfield||Takayla Lightfield||Statewide|
|SW||SW Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Local Food Systems Working Group||Active||Anne Dybsetter||Anne Dybsetter||Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Sibley, Renville, Rock, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine Counties|
|SW||Morris Healthy Eating||Active||Mary Jo Forbord||Mary Jo Forbord||Stevens County|
|SW||Community Wellness Partners||In Development||Cecilia Bofah||Cecilia Bofah||Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles Counties|
|SW||Healthy 56258||In Development||Stacy Frost||Stacy Frost||City of Marshall|
Region: To see which counties are included in which regions, see the map on this page: SNAP-Ed Team.
Status: Following the model of the Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Future Food Policy Council Directory, networks are listed as active (meets at least once a year), in development (formed within the last 12 months), in transition (redefining the purpose and/or the structure of the council), or inactive.
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