Staple Foods Ordinance


Staple Foods

Project Description

Increasing healthy food options at licensed grocery stores

What is the Staple Foods Ordinance?

The staple foods ordinance refers to Title 10, Chapter 203 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. It requires licensed grocery stores (including corner stores, gas stations, dollar stores, and pharmacies) to sell a certain amount of basic food items including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and low-fat dairy. The staple foods ordinance was originally adopted in 2008, but was amended by the Minneapolis City Council in October 2014 to set more comprehensive and clear standards for food retailers.

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University of Minnesota- School of Public Health: The Staple Food Ordinance Evaluation (STORE) Study.

The City of Minneapolis is partnering with the University of Minnesota-School of Public Health for a multi-year research study to evaluate the impact of the staple foods ordinance. The specific goals of the study are to assess changes in healthy food availability in stores before, during and after policy implementation and to assess changes in the nutritional quality of consumer purchases at stores. Results will be compared to a sample of grocery stores in St Paul, MN which does not have a staple foods ordinance in effect. Click here

Progress & Accomplishments

As of 2016, 240 stores are required to stock staple foods. 63% of the 240 stores are in full compliance with ordinance. Food accessibility continues to increase as more stores become compliant.

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For Store Owners

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For Consumers

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For Consumers

Shop for staple foods at your neighborhood grocery store

For Public Health Professional

Explore how healthy food retail will benefit your community. Please contact the Minneapolis Health Department at

For Storeowners

Do you need help complying with the staple food ordinance? Please contact the Minneapolis Health Department

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Phone: 612-673-3815

Email: [email protected]


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Last updated Oct 11, 2018



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