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EIGHTH MEETING - Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA EIGHTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-FIRST SESSION

AGRICULTURE & FOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION

MINUTES

Representative Jeff Brand, Vice Chair of the Division, called the meeting to order at 9:46 AM on February 7th, 2019, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

POPPE, Jeanne, CHAIR
BRAND, Jeff, VICE CHAIR
HAMILTON, Rod, Republican LEAD
ANDERSON, Paul
ECKLUND, Rob
HANSEN, Rick
KLEVORN, Ginny
LIPPERT, Todd
LUECK, Dale
POSTON, John
TABKE, Brad
WAZLAWIK, Ami

Members excused:

KIEL, Debra

A quorum was present.

Panel on alternative food delivery systems.

Public testimony provided by:
• Chris Harms, Giving Gardens, White Bear Lake
• Joe Nowak, University of Minnesota
• David Kotsonas, Minnesota Farmers Market/St. Paul Growers Association

Oballa Oballa, Vice President LeadMN and a Riverland Community College student, presented on the College Food Pantry Initiative.

Miah Ulysse, Appetite for Change, presented on youth led agriculture and food access initiatives.

Panel from Second Harvest Heartland about connecting local food and food shelves.

Public testimony provided by:

• Bob Branham, Second Harvest Heartland, Director of Produce Strategy (Farm to Food Shelf Program)
• JoAnna Lund, Second Harvest Heartland, Child Hunger Program Specialist (Summer Meal Program)
• Julie Vanhove, Second Harvest Heartland, Feeding Minnesota Sourcing Manager (Milk in Food Shelf Program)

The meeting was adjourned at 11:08 AM.










Representative Jeanne Poppe, Chair




Carl Kaase,
Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

Day 2 of Food Week: Food access and awareness initiatives I. LEADMn: College food pantry initiative - Oballa Oballa, Riverland Community College II. Youth led ag and food access initiatives: - Miah Ulysse, Northside Fresh Coordinator & Policy Manager, Appetite for Change III. Connecting local food and food shelves: Farm to Food Shelf, Milk in Food Shelves, and Summer Feeding Service Program - Bob Branham, Director of Produce Strategy (Farm to Food Shelf) - JoAnna Lund, Child Hunger Program Specialist (Summer Meal Program) - Julie Vanhove, Feeding Minnesota Sourcing Manager (Milk) IV. Alternative food delivery systems: Farmers markets, food hubs and community supported agriculture. - Chris Harms, Founder and Executive Director of Giving Gardens, White Bear Lake - Joe Nowak, University of Minnesota, Farmers Market Metrics Project co-author - David Kotsonas, MN Farmers Market Board Member/Market Manager, St. Paul Growers Association

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