2021 Policy Priorities

Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition

2021 Legislative Session Policy Agenda

Offense

Healthy Kids’ Meals

Support passage of a comprehensive statewide Healthy Kids’ Meal bill, which promotes healthy sides and beverages like water and milk as the default options for kids’ meals served at restaurants.

What MHK will support: Water and Milk, or Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives that do not contain sweeteners as default beverage

What MHK will not support: 100% Fruit Juice or other Juices and Flavored Milk

Access to Healthy Foods in Schools – Universal Meals Campaign

Support passage of a universal meals program for Minnesota schools, which will significantly increase access to healthy food for children in school settings.

Defense

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

Support maintaining stable, statewide funding for SHIP at $35 million per biennium to help all Minnesotans live healthier, longer lives and continue to drive down state health care costs.

Farm to School Funding

Support continuing stable, statewide funding for Farm to School programs in Minnesota by maintaining $400,000 per biennium in the AGRI fund of MDA’s budget funding a grant to reimburse schools for their purchases from local farms. This program increases fresh healthy foods in school meals at a time when more children than ever depend on school meals for nutrition, and supports building a crucial market for emerging farmers in MN.

Coalition Support

Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Across the country, local and state leaders are declaring racism a public health crisis or emergency. These declarations are an important first step in the movement to advance racial equity and justice and must be followed by allocation of resources and strategic action.

Tentative

Sugary Drinks Tax

Support the adoption of a statewide tax on sugary drinks, decreasing sugary drink sales and consumption. *Conditional on Governor Walz’s support*

Safety Around Water – YMCA

Support continuing statewide funding for Safety Around Water/10,000 Lakes and 10,000 Kids by providing swimming and safety instructions to improve kid’s health and reducing injuries and fatalities from drowning in Minnesota. Grants are made to support scholarships to cover fees for swimming lessons for low income and at-risk children.