University of Minnesota

Funded Project

The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health is evaluating the impact of a local policy change (i.e. the Minneapolis Staple Food Ordinance) that has established minimum stocking criteria for a wide array of healthy foods as a requirement of grocery store licensing.

Key Activites

The specific aims of the NOPREN-supported components of the STORE (STaple foods ORdinance Evaluation) Study are to assess:

  • potential disparities in changes to healthy food supply in small-to mid-sized food stores as a result of the policy,
  • disparities in changes to store manager perceptions of demand for healthy foods in these stores, and
  • disparities in price differentials for healthy food items between small- to mid-sized stores and nearby supermarkets.

These aims were designed to supplement, enhance, and extend a larger, more comprehensive evaluation of the Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance, supported by NIDDK (1R01DK104348-01A1), which will also examine the impact of the ordinance on food choices by customers and calories purchased.


Melissa Laska, PhD
Principal Investigator

Caitlin Caspi

Stacy Moe