Making healthy foods more accessible to all residents is a goal of Living Healthy in Washington County (LHWC) and our local food partners. Food shelves, community gardens, and schools demonstrated how SHIP grant funding, innovation, and creativity can improve food access for the community. Read more about this success (here).
Living Healthy in Washington County (LHWC) is partnering with community organizations to improve access to healthy foods in 2015. These efforts are supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant which is focused on decreasing obesity and chronic disease risk for all Minnesotans. The local funding process started with a application process and the following projects were selected for funding through September 2015. LHWC is excited to see how these projects will make Washington County a healthier place to live, work and play.
Partner Project Summary
Minnesota Food Charter
The Minnesota Food Charter is a project that provides a roadmap to healthy, affordable, and safe food for all Minnesotans. The Minnesota Food Charter is a tool to create healthy, prosperous communities. It offers ways to ensure that nourishing food is accessible today and for future generations. Minnesota is following the lead of four other states in developing a Food Charter, including Iowa, Michigan, Oregon, and West Virginia. Through extensive focus groups and one on one interviews, they identified challenges and strategies through a variety of sources, including extensive public input, expert advice, research review, and related evidence about the extent of these challenges and the effectiveness of proposed strategies. While not necessarily an exhaustive list, these strategies offer the most promising and most acceptable avenues for change, according to the thousands of Minnesotans who provided feedback to the Food Charter.
View and download the Minnesota Food Charter at this location: http://mnfoodcharter.com/the-charter/
Fresh Green Buck$ Program
Fresh Green Buck$ Program is a partnership between local food shelves and local grocery stores. The program raises funds through the purchase of coupons for fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables for food shelf participants. See brochure for more information.
Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf and Festival Foods, Hugo
Valley Outreach and River Market Community Co-op, Stillwater
White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf and Festival Foods, White Bear Lake
“We have worked with the food shelf for years supplying food bags because it's for a good cause. For that same reason, we are participating in Fresh Green Buck$ because it is a great program, and another opportunity for us to support the food shelf and our community.”
- Grocery Store Manager
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Cimarron
Now in their third year, the Cimarron Youth Garden offers a wide variety of fresh vegetables. Receive fresh produce and fresh flowers all summer and support local teens by purchasing a share in the garden. See brochure for more information.