In Anoka County, SHIP works to empower community organizations to offer healthful food options. The goal of the Community Healthy Eating strategy is to increase access to and selection of healthy foods to improve health and reduce chronic diseases for all.
Efforts in this strategy are focused on policy, system, and environmental changes that support healthy eating behaviors. The highest priority for this strategy is to address the health disparities and inequities that exist within the community.
To accomplish the work of community healthy eating, Anoka County SHIP has formed a partnership with the University of Minnesota - Extension. This partnership allows SHIP to access Extension's resource base, host SNAP-Ed education for partners, and take a comprehensive approach for partners through "train the trainer" and direct education teaching models.
Anoka County Food Solutions
Part of the Community Healthy Eating strategy is to gather organizations across the county to meet quarterly for networking and learning opportunities related to healthy food access. Organizations that participate in the group include:
Anoka County Economic Assistance
Anoka County Public Health
CEAP Food Shelf
East Bethel Senior Center
Faith Lutheran Church
NACE Food Shelf
SACA Food Shelf
Second Harvest Heartland
St. Philip's Lutheran Church Food and Clothing Shelf
University of Minnesota Extension
And many others!
If you are interested in being a part of Anoka County Food Solutions and attending our quarterly meetings, please email SHIP@co.anoka.mn.us with the subject line "Anoka County Food Solutions".
Fact Sheets and Success Stories
We are happy to share impact data from the evaluation of our community healthy eating strategy, including fact sheets and highlighting the success stories of our partners.