|Entry reviewed by original author||Yes|
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|Plan Title||The Minnesota Food Charter|
|Webpage||Currently inactive; webpage no longer available|
|Author(s)||Minnesota Department of Health (lead) and Food Charter Drafting Committee|
|Author Type||Government; Network|
|Funding Sources||Federal Government; State Government; State University|
|Funders||US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and the Statewide Health Improvement Program at the MN Department of Health. |
Leadership support of the Food Charter Network was given from the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute at the University of Minnesota. Development leadership included Minnesota Dept. of Health, University of Minnesota Extension Family Development, the Healthy Food Healthy Lives Institute, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
|Total Project Budget||Approximately $1M over six years. This included resources for broad-based public engagement, ongoing strategic communications, graphic design and copywriting for Food Charter and multiple companion documents, convening and facilitation of multiple stakeholder advisory groups, project management, stipends and honoraria for community based organizations to convene engagement, data collection and analysis, planning, and development.|
|Plan Goals||The goals of this Charter are to provide “a roadmap for how all Minnesotans can have reliable access to healthy, affordable, safe food in the places they work, live, and play” (p. 4). Specifically, the document focuses on health by encouraging the state to change “policies and systems, so the healthy choice is the easy choice for everyone” (p. 3).|
|Intended Audience||Broader Minnesota community members, government, policymakers, community leaders|
|Plan Recommendation Structure||The Charter outlines five development areas, each with its own goal(s):1. Food Skills;2. Food Affordability;3. Food Availability;4. Food Accessibility;5. Food Infrastructure.|
Within each area, the Charter specifies targeted groups or sectors with articulated “challenges” (e.g. children, adults, food service professionals, Agriculture and Food Research, Technologies, and Practices, etc.). The Charter then outlines strategies to mitigate these challenges and reach the stated goals.
Overall, the Charter’s strategies focus on changing policies and systems so that the healthy choice is the easiest choice for everyone at all scales of the food system.
|Catalyst for Plan||Unspecified|
|Creation Process||The Minnesota Food Charter was developed in collaboration with broad community engagement over the course of a nine-month input process. This included:|
27 Steering Committee members, who guided the process2,500+ people via events, interviews, or online worksheets400 online worksheets144 Food Charter events90+ Interviews and listening sessions4,219 page views logged on an online townhall forum with 728 visitors9 Steering Committee Members who drafted the CharterDozens of peer reviews
|Theoretical Framework(s) Employed||Collective Impact Framework|
|Theoretical Framework(s): Additional Literature||While unspecified in the writing of the Charter, various frameworks included: The collective Impact Framework; Freireian popular education methods; focus group and interview design and analysis methods; reflective inquiry; adult learning theory to inform design and execution of all aspects of public engagement; Frameworks Institute research on framing and messaging food systems change. |
These frameworks, particularly the Collective Impact model, guided the simultaneous launch of the Minnesota Food Charter Network.
|Development Timeline||2 years|
|Implementation Strategy||Unspecified within plan.The Minnesota Food Charter was published in conjunction with the strengthening of local and regional food networks as well as the later launch of the Minnesota Food Charter Network. The Network served as a means to “track statewide implementation of Food Charter strategies through regional food networks and myriad other organizations.” The Network is currently inactive (see Blue Cross Blue Shield evaluation report, attached). See also the attached “Cultivating collective action” report from the University of Minnesota.|
|Evaluation Strategy||Unspecified within the plan; however, each involved organization created its own strategy. The Food Charter Network also created an evaluation workgroup.|
|International Development Framework(s)||None|
|Current Plan Status||Inactive|
|Government Adoption Status||Not Adopted|
|Government Adoption Status (Notes)||Endorsed by the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture upon launch.|
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