Staple foods ordinance

Increasing healthy food options at licensed grocery stores

What is the Staple Foods Ordinance?

The staple foods ordinance refers to Title 10, Chapter 203 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. It requires licensed grocery stores (including corner stores, gas stations, dollar stores, and pharmacies) to sell a certain amount of basic food items including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and low-fat dairy. The staple foods ordinance was originally adopted in 2008 but was amended by the Minneapolis City Council in October 2014 to set more comprehensive and clear standards for food retailers and amended again in December 2018 to align the ordinance with cultural dietary preferences. 

The changes reduce the number of required food categories from ten to six, reduce the required quantities in certain categories, and expand acceptable varieties and package sizes in others. These changes will give store owners greater flexibility in stocking a wide variety of healthy, culturally appropriate foods that meet their customers' needs. 

Lis of staple food items

Comparison of past to current requirements

Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions

Ordinance evaluation

The University of Minnesota- School of Public Health: The Staple Food Ordinance Evaluation (STORE) Study.

The City of Minneapolis is partnering with the University of Minnesota-School of Public Health for a multi-year research study to evaluate the impact of the staple foods ordinance. The specific goals of the study are to assess changes in healthy food availability in stores before, during, and after policy implementation and to assess changes in the nutritional quality of consumer purchases at stores. Results will be compared to a sample of grocery stores in St Paul, MN which does not have a staple foods ordinance in effect. To view the University of Minnesota STORE Study please click here.


As of August 2018, 226 stores are required to stock staple foods. 38% of these stores are in full compliance with the ordinance (meeting all ten requirements). Although many stores did not meet all ten requirements, 93% met at least six requirements. 

Full compliance decreased by 13% since 2015, however, the number of stores meeting between six and nine requirements increased by 22%, and the number meeting fewer than five requirements decreased by 10%, indicating positive incremental progress. In addition, compliance with the fruits and vegetables (68% to 74%) and whole grains (75% to 85%) categories have increased since 2015. 

Click here to read the 2018 Compliance Data and Trends Report or Staple Food Ordinance summary of the key results. .


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