Previous 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.
2016 - 2017 Food Council Working Groups and Task Forces included:
- Local Food Procurement: This group worked to leverage publicly funded institutions' purchasing power to procure a larger percentage/more local food.
- Local Food Business Innovation: This group looked 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 researched 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 supported 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 researched strategies on putting privately owned land into agricultural easements.
- Food Donations Task Force: This group developed informational tools promoting donations of food and illuminating opportunities to prevent wasted food and increase food access.
- Food Policy Event Task Force: This group planned and hosted 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 supported the City in looking at successes, challenges and opportunities with its food business development loans.
2014 - 2015 Food Council Working Groups and Task Forces included:
- Animals: This group is promoted policy changes to make it easier and more affordable for residents to keep domestic animals, such as bees, chickens, and goats, within Minneapolis.
- Community Outreach and Engagement: This working group reached out to different communities, encouraging engagement in local food policy, sharing information about the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and its work, and creating a space for the community to provide feedback on Food Council activities. It also supports the annual Open House and recently launched the Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Facebook page.
- Local Food (Fruit and Vegetable) Aggregation and Distribution (Food Hubs): This group explored emerging and established efforts in the Twin Cities region to aggregate, store, process, and distribute local foods and fostering information sharing and connections between these efforts. **The Food Hubs group conducted a survey of existing and emerging food hubs in the Twin Cities area and convened survey participants for a conversation in spring 2015. Learn about the survey results.
- Land Access: This group was involved in finding more space for growers to grow food in Minneapolis. The group’s current focus is to find ways to make it easier for residents to access land for growing food. The working group emerged from strategic planning done by the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council in early 2013, which was informed by community input at the December 2012 stakeholder event and the work done during the first two phases of Homegrown Minneapolis. Learn more about this working group's history.
- Organics Recycling and Composting: This group worked on issues related to making compost and collecting organic wastes within the city.
- During 2014, the Staple Foods Ordinance Task Force was instrumental to City Council approval of amendments to the Staple Foods Ordinance, which will increase the healthy food options available in licensed grocery stores. In addition, the Mobile Grocery Store Task Force successfully worked with the City Council on new mobile grocery store regulations, allowing mobile grocery stores to offer a bigger selection of healthy foods and operate in more locations than before. Additionally, the Animals working group worked with community and City partners to successfully remove the neighbors’ signature requirement from the honeybee ordinance.
Last updated Jan 10, 2019