Minneapolis' changing healthy food landscape

Michelle Horovitz
"It's a misconception that people in north Minneapolis don't want to eat healthy," said Michelle Horovitz, founder and director of Appetite for Change. Horovitz is working with the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support on its effort to get more produce into the city's corner stores.
Julie Siple | MPR Photo file

A significant expansion of Minneapolis' 2008 staple foods ordinance takes effect April 1.

The new ordinance includes more categories of food that stores are required to stock, and sets minimum quantities in each category.

Some are heralding the change, saying it's a step in the right direction to improve access to healthy food for residents in lower income neighborhoods. Many of these neighborhoods do not have traditional grocery stores, and residents rely on smaller markets - like corner stores and gas stations - for their food.

Others say the ordinance puts an unfair burden on smaller stores, and that demand simply doesn't exist for these foods.

Three guests join MPR News' Marianne Combs to talk about what you'll see in your local stores.

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