Creating a Food System Report Card to Advance the Minnesota Food System


  • Liana R. N. Schreiber Minnesota Department of Health
  • Abby Gold North Dakota State University
  • Allison Anfinson Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Kristen Boelcke-Stennes Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Caitlin Caspi University of Minnesota
  • Nishesh Chalise Augsburg College
  • Michael Dahl Minnesota Food Charter Network
  • Amanda Hane Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Tim Jenkins Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Mary Marczak University of Minnesota Extension
  • Ellen Nikodym Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Emily Saunoi-Sangren Target Corporation
  • Amy Shanfelt University of Minnesota
  • Jared Walhowe Minnesota Food Charter Network
  • Ann Zukoski Minnesota Department of Health



Food Systems, Indicators, Measurement, Statewide, Strategic Planning


The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap to improve access to healthy, affordable, and safe food. It proposes 99 specific strategies to guide statewide planning and action to change the food system. A report card to monitor the Minnesota food system is one component of this initiative, but there is a paucity of literature to guide its development. To bridge this gap, a shared measurement action team (SMAT) was created to recommend indicators that could be used to monitor the state of the Minnesota food system, as well as to advance place-based food systems that support unique communities statewide. SMAT established a cross-sector team, created team priorities, developed a theory of change, identified criteria to judge potential indicators, and proposed indicators to be monitored statewide. In this poster, researchers and practitioners can learn about the process of selecting indicators that support the creation of a sustainable, economic, ecological, and equitable food system, and the challenges that arose during these discussions. One challenge was that secondary data sources do not provide specific or sensitive enough data to disaggregate differing geographic levels or cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Despite the challenges, we recommended indicators for assessing food access, affordability, and availability; discussed limitations of these indicators; and are in the process of developing indicator recommendations for food system infrastructure. These indicators represent the current state of available secondary data and can be viewed as a springboard for conversation for both researchers and practitioners. They can also serve as a call to action to develop data systems that advance a place-based food system that supports health equity.


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Author Biographies

Liana R. N. Schreiber, Minnesota Department of Health

Research Scientist

Michael Dahl, Minnesota Food Charter Network


Mary Marczak, University of Minnesota Extension


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How to Cite

Schreiber, L. R. N., Gold, A., Anfinson, A., Boelcke-Stennes, K., Caspi, C., Chalise, N., Dahl, M., Hane, A., Jenkins, T., Marczak, M., Nikodym, E., Saunoi-Sangren, E., Shanfelt, A., Walhowe, J., & Zukoski, A. (2019). Creating a Food System Report Card to Advance the Minnesota Food System. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(A), 241–242.