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Minnesota Food Charter

Get to know The Charter.

The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe and healthy food regardless of where they live. It provides a platform for University of Minnesota Extension and other organizations to share good work already underway. It raises our profile on healthy food systems work — within Extension, in Minnesota and across the nation. We use the Food Charter to increase opportunities for new partnerships. It ensures our contributions are integrated and aligned with others across the state. In turn, this maximizes public value and impact.

Why Extension?

University of Minnesota Extension has long been recognized as a leader in improving food skills across the state in our work with families with limited resources. Today, we also partner with communities to increase access to healthy, affordable and safe food by improving food environments and food infrastructure.

Extension is a natural fit for carrying out the strategies listed in the Minnesota Food Charter for three reasons.

Intentional integration of our work with the Minnesota Food Charter allows us to contribute to a whole system of strategy change. This increases our organization's impact in preventing obesity and diet-related chronic disease. It supports our goals of diet and lifestyle choices that improve the health of Minnesotans.

Extension's programmatic response

Extension’s Health and Nutrition staff enhance their work in communities using select strategies of the Minnesota Food Charter based on locally identified needs and goals. Find examples from each region below.



The Minnesota Food Charter launched October 2014 after a nine-month broad-based public engagement process. From the beginning, Extension provided significant leadership, funding and support to ensure the success of the food charter. Read more about the timeline here: Minnesota Food Charter: History.

The Minnesota Food Charter Network began in November 2015. The Network is statewide and rooted in Minnesota Food Charter strategies. It supports and fosters shared action towards healthy food access for all. Read more about The Network.

Who’s involved?

The multidisciplinary team working to advance the Minnesota Food Charter includes many organizations and individuals. Find a full list of committee members here: Minnesota Food Charter: Committees. You may also be interested in meeting Food Charter Champions.

The Minnesota Food Charter Network (MFCN) is supported by:

  • Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Department of AgricultureMinnesota Department of HealthUniversity of Minnesota Extension


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