Ecolution Collective #1D: Food, produced by Minnesota Women's Press
Action = Change Guide: Food Solutions
Minnesota Resources
In this final installment of our Food Security series, we offer recommended resources and suggested action steps on behalf of food issues in Minnesota.

From Mark Ritchie at Global Minnesota: Attend the Oct. 16 World Food Day 2020 virtual conference about hunger relief, regenerative agriculture and sustainable development, food security and safety, impacts of climate change, and more. 


  1. Anyone who needs help stretching their food budget can find options listed at the Hunger Solutions interactive map.
  2. Advocate for SNAP and other food access programs. Find out if you are eligible, and apply if so.
  3. Donate financially to food banks. Volunteer to work with food assistance providers.
  4. Before you donate, consult the website of the place you plan to give to see what foods and products they need most. 
  5. Advocate for SNAP expansion and food access support. The Food Research and Action Center is asking for people to contact their legislators to help strengthen SNAP benefits in the next COVID-19 response package.
  6. Help to destigmatize food assistance use by talking about hunger and program options. Anyone can be impacted by food insecurity, especially in the pandemic and because of affordable housing issues.
  7. Support initiatives and policies that reduce barriers for food security. Be part of conversations about stable housing, transportation, livable wages, and healthcare.
  8. Can you be part of the team that tracks and informs the Ecolution Collective about related legislative bills in January? Contact ecolution@womenspress.com
Interested in getting involved with sustainable food networks in Minnesota?
Hunger Relief 

The Food Group MN, providing resources to food shelves and direct food access programs.

Minnesota Central Kitchen, Second Harvest Heartland, brings together restaurants, caterers, and hunger-fighting organizations to tackle hunger and service-sector layoffs brought on by the pandemic.

MN Food Charter, a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to healthy food.

Metro Food Access, creating a re-imagined metro food justice network that uses a robust community engagement process. 

Food Skills

East Side Table, empowering individuals to improve food skills, awareness, and access to healthy foods.

Hubs
The Good Acre, improving the local food system for diverse, independent farmers and to increase access to healthy produce for all consumers.

Farmers Market Hub, expanding produce sales through farmers’ market aggregation

Rural Renewal & Sustainable Agriculture

Renewing the Countryside, renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.

The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, bringing together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University.


Have resource suggestions? Get in touch, ecolution@womenspress.com
Why We Started With Food Security
1 in 8 Minnesotans will experience food insecurity this month, including 112,000 children

— data from McKinsey & Co, collected on behalf of Second Harvest Heartland


Despite how well the state’s emergency food system is working, a rise in food insecurity still has major implications for the overall health of the state.”

What solutions have you seen around the state that are improving supply lines between healthy foods and those who need access?

Do you work with data or research that illuminates this issue?

Reach out to ecolution@womenspress.com with "food security" in the subject line.
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