Staple Foods Ordinance


Staple Foods




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Project Description

Increasing healthy food options at licensed grocery stores


AppleWhat 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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*                Banana   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] to learn more.


Progress & Accomplishments

*          Pepper       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.

*               Pepper   View photos of Minneapolis stores to see their progress

*             Pepper     2016 Compliance 1 Pager 




For Store Owners

Banana               Required staple foods [handout]

Banana               Adopt a Shop Toolkit

Banana               Pictures of Staple Food Requirements and Quantities  


For Consumers

*      Mushroom    View our Interactive GIS Map to find a location near you

*         MushroomStretch out your Fruit and Vegetable Budget

*        Mushroom  Tips and Tricks about Shopping on a Budget


Get Involved

*                  PepperFor Consumers: Shop for staple foods at your neighborhood grocery store

*              Pepper    For Public Health Professionals: Explore how healthy food retail will benefit your community. Please contact the Minneapolis Health Department at  [email protected] for technical assistance

     Pepper         For Storeowners: Do you need help complying with the staple food ordinance? Please contact the Minneapolis Health Department [email protected] for additional training and technical assistance



AppleFor More Information:


P: 612-673-3815  

E: [email protected]





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Last updated Oct 10, 2017



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