Vision and mission
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.
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:
- fosters City-community partnerships;
- convenes and engages diverse stakeholders to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve the local food system;
- provides ongoing guidance to the City on local food issues; and
- serves as a platform for collaborative, coordinated action.
Interested to learn more about the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council? Visit the Food Council page in the Board and Commissions directory.
- Homegrown Minneapolis Bylaws
- Reglamentos del Consejo de Alimentos Cultivados en Minneapolis (Spanish)
- Monthly meetings.
- Contribute to the planning, outreach and implementation for the Minneapolis Food Action Plan.
- Contribute to working groups and task forces that address current food system issues.
- Led by Co-Chairs and Executive Committee
Working groups and task forces
Each year the Food Council typically identifies several working groups and task forces to address food system 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. The Food Council is currently focused on completing the Food Action Plan.
Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council hosted annual community open houses from 2012-2016. In lieu of a 2017 Open House the Food Council hosted a community food policy forum events in 2018 and 2019. Events are paused during the pandemic.
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.
Agendas and schedule
Food council meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.