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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.

2016-17 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.

2014-15 Food Council Working Groups and Task Forces included:

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 Jun 25, 2018

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