Learn more about successful projects and research studies advancing healthy food access in the community:
State & Local Policy Efforts
Minnesota Good Food Access Fund
Building upon the efforts of the Minnesota Grocery Access Task Force, The American Heart Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield formed a coalition of local stakeholders to advocate for a state investment in the Minnesota Good Food Access Fund (GFAF). An initial public funding of $250,000 for the GFAF was written into law during Minnesota's 2016 legislative session. In addition to establishing permanent facilities for the sale of healthy, affordable food in areas of the state where better access to those foods is needed, an integral component of the Fund is the establishment of a Fund Advisory Committee. The GFAF Advisory Committee will assist the Commissioner of Agriculture in establishing program criteria, project eligibility guidelines, application processes and additional selection criteria, and annual monitoring and accountability mechanisms. The Advisory Committee will also facilitate leveraging of additional public and private investments, and promote the program statewide.
For more information on the Minnesota Good Food Access Fund, including updates on the application process, please click here.
The American Heart Association and partners are currently working to garner additional investment from the state for the GFAF to better address the barriers that lead to poorer access to healthy food across the state of Minnesota.
Background & Advocacy: Minnesota Grocery Access Task Force
The Minnesota Grocery Access Task Force, convened by the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Minnesota Grocers Association, and The Food Trust, presented policy recommendations to support supermarkets and other fresh food retail in underserved neighborhoods at its final meeting in September 2012.
- Learn more about the report which helped establish the task force: Food For Every Child: The Need for More Supermarkets in Minnesota.
- Learn more about the policy recommendations generated by the task force: Stimulating Grocery Development in Minnesota: A report of the Minnesota Grocery Access Task Force.
- The Saint Paul – Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission has an online forum for public and private stakeholders to assess how local food systems are operating and suggest policies; share information; and plan for increased access to safe, healthy, affordable food.