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Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council

Apply to become a member of the 2018-2019 Food Council

Looking for the next Food Council meeting? Dates, times, and locations of Food Council meetings are available on our Events Calendar

Statement of VisionFood Council page

The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council envisions a vibrant local food system that enhances the health of all residents, protects the earth, increases economic vitality, expands social connectedness, and improves food security.

Statement of Mission

To continue to advance Homegrown Minneapolis, the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council works to support all Minneapolis residents and increase access to quality food, address hunger and food insecurity, connect sectors of the food system, influence policy and decision making, and ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system. To accomplish this, the food council:

  1. fosters City-community partnerships;
  2. convenes and engages diverse stakeholders to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve the local food system;
  3. provides ongoing guidance to the City on local food issues; and
  4. serves as a platform for collaborative, coordinated action.

Want to learn more about the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council? Visit the group's page in the City's Boards & Commissions directory, or view the current member list.

Food Council Resources

Food Council Bylaws:

The Food Council recruits new members biannually during the late summer/early fall of odd-numbered years. See more information on Food Council applications.

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. Food Council meetings often include time for working groups to meet on a rotating basis. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Food Council meetings and participate in working group activities. Current 2016 working groups include:

Learn about the previous work of the 2014-15 Food Council Working Groups and Task Forces here.

Additional working groups and/or task forces may be activated as needs/opportunities emerge that the Food Council determines it has capacity to engage in.

Open House

On December 1, 2016, the Food Council hosted a free community open house at Seward Montessori School to celebrate local food policy progress and gain community input on priorities for the upcoming year. The Food Council also honored Homegrown Heroes who help expand the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat, and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. Learn about the 2016 Homegrown Heroes and view the 2016 Homegrown Minneapolis Highlights. In lieu of a 2017 Open House the Food Council is planning to host a community food policy event in spring 2018.

Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Policy Regarding Requests for Letters of Support for Grant Proposals

It is the policy of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council to direct requests for letters of support for grant proposals to specific Food Council members and/or specific City departments, depending on fit with and interest from those specific Food Council members and City departments.

Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Meeting Materials

Agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials are provided in PDF format.

DateAgendaMinutes
August 9, 2017Agenda 
July 12, 2017AgendaMinutes
June 14, 2017AgendaMinutes
May 10, 2017AgendaMinutes
April 12, 2017AgendaMinutes
March 8, 2017AgendaMinutes
February 8, 2017AgendaMinutes
January 11, 2017AgendaMinutes

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 materials are available here.