Where you live shouldn’t determine whether or not you have access to healthy, affordable foods. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who currently live in communities without sufficient access to a grocery store.
This week the MN Agriculture Conference Committee began final budget negotiations. They will decide whether to help address Minnesota’s food access challenges by reinvesting in the Good Food Access Program. Seward Co-op is collaborating with coalition members from the Good Food Access Campaign, and other Twin Cities co-ops, to support food access for all at a policy level.
The Good Food Access Program was created in 2016 to provide resources and support to small food retailers – from grocery stores to corner stores, farmers’ markets and more – who are working to increase access to healthy, affordable foods. Despite this progress, food access challenges still exist in Minnesota, and now this work is at risk. Without a new investment this legislative session, funding for the Good Food Access Program will run out this year.
Please take a moment to contact Governor Walz and/or conference committee members (particularly if you are a constituent of one of theirs!) and ask them to support the Good Food Access Fund.