Local Food is Essential

Origin Story

About the Movement

The Local Food is Essential movement was founded by local non-profits, businesses, and farming organizations in response to the unexpected challenges facing producers and makers in the MN/WI food system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that local food is essential. It is essential to our local economy, to the health of our communities, and to the environment.

This worldwide health event has shown just how important and precarious food access can be, and how essential it is to have a strong, vibrant local food system. Unfortunately, local farmers and food producers who rely on sales to restaurants, schools, corporate campuses, farmers markets, and colleges face diminished access to these markets and will face financial consequences as a result. You can help by joining the Local Food is Essential movement and purchasing locally grown and made food products.

We believe that local food is essential.

It is essential to our local economy, to the health of our communities
and to the environment.

Meet the Local Food is Essential Campaign Partners

Brand design work by Jacqui Boyum

Our fiscal host is the West Central Initiative

Please join us in the Local Food is Essential movement by taking the

Eat Local Pledge.