14 members. 7 are appointed by the City and 7 are appointed by the County. Individuals should have experience related to local food systems such as farmers, employees or volunteers of food banks and food shelves, retail grocers, food wholesalers, restaurant owners or managers, community gardeners, consumers from areas lacking adequate food access, food or agricultural economist, representatives from religious organizations interested in hunger, health professionals, school and local officials.
The Saint Paul - Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission is a forum for public and private stakeholders to assess how local food systems are operating and suggest policies, share information and plan for increased access to safe, affordable and nutritious foods. The Commission will create an action plan laying out a comprehensive vision of Ramsey County's future in terms of access to healthier foods and sustainable local food systems for food production, distribution and consumption. Some of the issues to be considered could be hunger, nutrition, foods available for in-home and away-from-home consumption, food-related illnesses, culturally specific food availability, economic development in the food arena, community and backyard gardening, locally grown food, farmers markets, transportation for distributing and obtaining food, and environmental concerns related to food systems.
Ramsey County is staffing the Food and Nutrition Commission. For more information, please see the Food and Nutrition Commission website.