This website, “The Mix,” is intended to provide shared communications and resources for Minnesota Food Charter Network Champions and the growing ‘ecosystem’ of healthy food access related work in Minnesota. To create an account on The Mix, and to receive access to additional site features and content, click the “Sign Up” button. Click here for a step-by-step of using this site including helpful best practices.
The Minnesota Food Charter Network
The Minnesota Food Charter Network is a statewide network, rooted in Minnesota Food Charter strategies, that supports and fosters shared action towards healthy food access for all. In coming years, the Minnesota Food Charter Network will grow into a supportive ‘ecosystem’ of people, information, relationships, and resources positioned to implement the 99 Food Charter policy and systems change strategies.
The Mix provides an online space for Minnesota Food Charter Network Teams to communicate with one another as well as share and archive important team documents, templates, and reports. Any group of individuals or organizations working to advance access to healthy, safe, and affordable food in Minnesota are welcome to create a new group. All registered members of The Mix are considered “Food Charter Champions” and are automatically a member of the “Food Charter Champions” group. General forum announcements, questions, and comments should be directed to the Food Charter Champion’s group forum.
The Events tab is where you can view Minnesota Food Charter Network related events and submit events to be added to the calendar. Logged-in, registered users can submit an event to be added to the calendar.
Documents (such as templates, agendas, meeting notes, etc.) can be uploaded to the site and shared with others. Users may upload a document by clicking the “Documents” tab and then the “Create a Doc” button. When uploading a document, users have the ability to determine who has access to read, edit, and comment. Uploaded documents may be associated with a specific group and then become viewable to all members of that group. Documents can be found via the “Documents” tab. Logged-in users can also find documents through the “Docs” tab within “My Profile” or within a group’s page (if they are a member).
Issue Advocacy is allowed. However, calls to actions for specific legislation should not appear in forums. The Minnesota Food Charter Network does not lobby and therefore does not support or oppose specific legislation. The Minnesota Food Charter Network often engages in issue advocacy to support programs and provide education on policy issues that advance or implement Food Charter strategies. For example, the Minnesota Food Charter Network can make factual, issue advocacy statements such as “The Minnesota Food Charter Network supports the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). Minnesota diets, particularly those high in calories and unhealthy foods and beverages, contribute to surging health care costs and lower work productivity. This is not sustainable. SHIP works on preventing chronic diseases by strengthening the capacity of communities to create their own healthy future (e.g. Farm to School efforts, workplace wellness initiatives).”
The Minnesota Food Charter Network is supported by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Department of Health, the General Mills Foundation, and the University of Minnesota Extension. This material was funded in part by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP – with funds received from and through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Minnesota Food Charter Network is hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute.