Feeding Minnesota Task Force
Active dates:2009 - 11/1/2010
2009 Minn. Laws Chap.94 Sec. 80
Function: The commissioner of agriculture must establish the Feeding Minnesota Task Force to study the consumption of Minnesota grown produce and livestock by facilitating the donation of harvested products to charities that provide food for hungry people.
Report: The commissioner must make policy recommendations to the chairs of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over agriculture finance by November 1, 2010.
Governor Pawlenty in the 2009-2010 legislative session reiterated his commitment to fighting hunger in Minnesota by signing legislation creating the Feeding Minnesota Task Force that was championed by Senator Vickerman and Representative Juhnke. The task force was to include appointees who would provide broad representation from the food bank industry, food producer, processor and grower organizations and academia along with various associations and statewide agricultural organizations. The purpose of the task force was to provide advice and possible recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature and it‘s respective committees that might assist in utilizing our state‘s surplus food product to help Minnesotans who are hungry and in need of food. (paragraph taken from their 2010 Final Report, p.4)
Per 2009 Minn. Laws Chap.94 Sec. 80 the task force expired on November 1, 2010.
Commissioner of Agriculture
The commissioner must appoint task force members as follows:
(1) one member representing a food bank organization;
(2) two members representing food producer and grower organizations;
(3) one member representing the Minnesota Farmers Market Association;
(4) one member representing Minnesota higher education institutions;
(5) one member representing the food transportation industry;
(6) two members representing statewide agricultural organizations; and
(7) one member representing food processors.
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