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Food Insecurity Priority

People of Duluth have access to and consume healthy foods

Strategies

Strategy #1

Make food more affordable and accessible (short-range)

Action steps:

  1. Expand the use of market bucks, POP Club, access discounts
  2. Increase the reach of food shelves through mobile, pop-up, or satellite options
  3. Increase the supply to food shelves: expand food shelf partnerships and food waste reduction programs
  4. Increase enrollment in evidence-based WIC and SNAP programs by expanding access and removing barriers including online and satellite opportunities

Strategy #2

Develop a community approach to screening for food security, connecting people facing food insecurity with the resources and supports necessary (mid-range)

Action steps:

  1. Health care and Public Health collaborate on Social Determinants of Health screening tools and process
  2. Research and raise funds for shared community resource development
  3. Develop referral resources to support people facing food insecurity (community health workers)

Strategy #3

Increase healthy food consumption of the youngest (mid-range)

Action steps:

  1. Bridging Health Duluth (BHD) members adopted evidence-based breastfeeding friendly policies
  2. Promote breastfeeding policies through BHD organizations and partners
  3. Utilize website to promote breast feeding (all strategies) and raise awareness
  4. Continue to support Farm to School (Renee Willemson)
  5. Partner with Farm to Childcare (Born to Thrive Network)

Strategy #4

Increase access to fresh/ healthy food by increasing availability of healthy food retail in underserved areas and improving transportation equity and connectivity to retail (long-range)

Action steps:

  1. Collaborate with Together for Health
  2. Fair Food Access, Duluth Transit Authority (DTA), Lincoln Park: Expand grocery bus routes city wide
  3. Collaborate with city partners to create multimodal transportation opportunities
  4. Support the American Indian Community Housing Organizations (AICHO) efforts with the 4th Street Market

Action Teams

Breastfeeding

Eating healthy food as a baby is so important. This team is working with organizations to adopt workplace policies that support breastfeeding mothers.

Community Partners

  • To be determined

Leader

Amanda Casady, Essentia Health

Lincoln Park Middle School Healthy Foods

This team is starting a school food pantry and supporting healthy eating.

Community Partners

  • Lincoln Park Middle School teachers, staff, and students
  • Duluth Community School Collaborative
  • Lincoln Park Middle School Parent Collaboration Group
  • UMN Extension
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Duluth Farm to School
  • Ecolibrium3
  • Salem Covenant Church
  • First Covenant Church
  • Engage Church
  • Other partners

Leader

Rachel Thapa, Duluth Community School Collaborative

Farm to School Funding Plan

The Duluth Farm to School program teaches kids gardening, healthy eating, and more. While the program serves many kids, the program needs more funding to grow. This team is developing a sustainable funding plan for the program.

Community Partners

  • Duluth Farm to School

Leader

Sarah Nelson, Generations
Health Care Initiatives

Social Determinants of Health Screening

This team has been coordinating efforts to meet community member’s Social Determinants of Health needs with dignity and respect. The goals include determining a process for Social Determinants of Health screening and referral, identifying gaps in resource availability in the community, improving communication and coordination among service/resource providers, and making systems changes to address root causes of Social Determinants of Health needs.

Community Partners

  • Stratis Health

Leader

Sarah Nelson, Generations
Health Care Initiatives

Get Involved!

Join an action team by contacting Josh Gorham at gorhamj@stlouiscountymn.gov or send us a message through our contact form.

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