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Statement of Vision
The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council envisions a vibrant local food system that enhances the health of all residents, protects the earth, increases economic vitality, expands social connectedness, and improves food security.
Statement of Mission
To continue to advance Homegrown Minneapolis, the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council works to support all Minneapolis residents and increase access to quality food, address hunger and food insecurity, connect sectors of the food system, influence policy and decision making, and ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system. To accomplish this, the food council:
- fosters City-community partnerships;
- convenes and engages diverse stakeholders to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve the local food system;
- provides ongoing guidance to the City on local food issues; and
- serves as a platform for collaborative, coordinated action.
Food Council Resources
Food Council Bylaws:
- Homegrown Minneapolis Bylaws
- Reglamentos del Consejo de Alimentos Cultivados en Minneapolis (Spanish)
The Food Council recruits new members biannually during the late summer/early fall of odd-numbered years. See more information on Food Council applications.
Food Council Working Groups and Task Forces
Each year the Food Council identifies several working groups and task forces as priorities, informed by previous work and community input as well as emerging opportunities and concerns. Food Council meetings often include time for working groups to meet on a rotating basis. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Food Council meetings and participate in working group activities. Current 2016 working groups include:
- Local Food Procurement: This group will work to leverage publicly funded institutions' purchasing power to procure a larger percentage/more local food.
- Local Food Business Innovation: This group will look into articulating and supporting a 'bring your own bottle' (BYOB) policy as a tool for entrepreneurial restaurateurs to expand the appeal of their events.
- Parks and Food: This group will research ways to eliminate or dramatically reduce pesticide use in the Minneapolis City Parks system and is also supporting implementation of the MPRB Urban Agriculture Activity Plan.
- Land Access: This group will support the review of garden lease program processes to identify areas where the program can improve and thereby help increase access to publicly owned land. The group also will research strategies on putting privately owned land into agricultural easements.
- Food Donations Task Force: This group is developing informational tools promoting donations of food and illuminating opportunities to prevent wasted food and increase food access.
- Food Policy Event Task Force: This group is planning to hold a community food policy event in Spring 2018 in place of the Food Council's previous Annual Open House.
- Food Business Development Task Force: This group is supporting the City in looking at successes, challenges and opportunities with its food business development loans.
Learn about the previous work of the 2014-15 Food Council Working Groups and Task Forces here.
Additional working groups and/or task forces may be activated as needs/opportunities emerge that the Food Council determines it has capacity to engage in.
On December 1, 2016, the Food Council hosted a free community open house at Seward Montessori School to celebrate local food policy progress and gain community input on priorities for the upcoming year. The Food Council also honored Homegrown Heroes who help expand the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat, and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. Learn about the 2016 Homegrown Heroes and view the 2016 Homegrown Minneapolis Highlights. In lieu of a 2017 Open House the Food Council is planning to host a community food policy event in spring 2018.
Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Policy Regarding Requests for Letters of Support for Grant Proposals
It is the policy of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council to direct requests for letters of support for grant proposals to specific Food Council members and/or specific City departments, depending on fit with and interest from those specific Food Council members and City departments.
Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Meeting Materials
Agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials are provided in PDF format.
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Last updated Aug 11, 2017