Healthy Eating Strategy
Healthy eating is largely predicated on the ability or inability to access healthier food choices. The availability of affordable, appealing, healthy food options, coupled wit the knowledge needed to make an informed choice, will help Minnesotans eat foods more consistent with the U.S Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This strategy focuses on increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables while reducing consumption of saturated fats, sodium and added sugars. The goal is to increase access to and selection of healthy foods to improve health and reduce chronic disease for all.
Food Retail- Convenience Stores
Hosting a Food Drive?
Food Drive Toolkit
To take the guesswork out of how to organize a food drive, Aitkin County SHIP Program has developed a toolkit for you to use. The toolkit includes the following:
Information on Food Shelves located in Aitkin County
List of recommended food donations
Recipe cards (want to donate food items to help those who are in need to create a meal? Shop for food items listed on a recipe card and include it in your donation).
Food Donation List
Food shelves rely on the generosity from our community to serve families in need year-round. Whether you are donating money or food, each gift helps us fight hunger a little more.
While fresh foods are important part of the food we provide, non-perishables are also needed an easy for you to donate. Food shelves can make the most of your non-perishable food donation when you consider three things: nutrition, usefulness, and quality vs. quantity.
While all donations are important and appreciated, Aitkin County Public Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) program encourages the public to choose healthy, nutrient-packed donations from the list included in the toolkit over highly processed boxed foods like Little Debbie Snacks and Ramen noodles.