The Minnesota Hunger Initiative (the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative until January 2015) is a group of leaders with a common mission: to increase the effectiveness of the hunger relief system throughout MN through collaboration.Learn More
Thanks to all who joined us for The Walk to End Hunger this Thanksgiving! More than $325,000 was raised to combat hunger in Minnesota!Learn More
All of our Minnesota Hunger Initiative Partners work hard each day to reduce and end hunger in MN, with generous help from many engaged individuals. Visit our Partners page to learn more and get involved.Learn More
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Recent posts from the MNHI Blog
The featured partner this month is Keystone Community Services. Founded in 1939 by community volunteers, Keystone Community Services is a multi-service nonprofit organization that provides high-quality social services in the community and in neighborhood gathering places to support and strengthen individuals, families and communities. For over 75 years, Keystone has maintained a consistent mission while remaining responsive to the changing needs of the community. Keystone has seven sites throughout the St. Paul area and serves more than 30,000 people through services in the areas of basic needs, youth school success and healthy development, youth employment, and senior services. More than 3,000 community volunteers make their work possible! Keystone believes that all of our neighbors in need should have access to vital support to be self-sufficient, stable and successful. To be successful, individuals and families in our community need access to healthy food resources. Keystone has expanded food support programs by increasing distributions through the Foodmobile (mobile food shelf program) and continuing to offer free farmers market events throughout the summer growing season. Throughout all of the food programs, providing healthy food options is their top priority. This year, Keystone participated in the pilot of the Healthy Eating Inventory (HEI) and our program rated highly with an 80 HEI score. For comparison, the average American diet rates a 56. To encourage healthy food choices, Keystone is currently participating with the Super Shelf program, along with three other metro area programs. Through the program Keystone is applying retail store design principles to help shape participant behavior toward choosing the healthiest foods. The project is working toward increasing utilization of fresh produce...Learn More
The featured partner this month is Metro Meals on Wheels! Metro Meals on Wheels is the association of 32 Meals on Wheels programs in the Twin Cities. What Meals on Wheels provides is fresh nutritious food delivered right to client’s doors, as well as a daily visit from a volunteer. They serve seniors and people living with disabilities in the Twin Cities. Their services provide the basic need of healthy meal, as well as allowing people to live in their own home longer and maintain independence. This past year Meals on Wheels took the exciting step of opening their own kitchen, The Kitchen of Opportunities, through a partnership with Open Arms of Minnesota and Urban Ventures. This new kitchen brings the food preparation in house, and in turn will reduce costs and provide healthier, more customizable menu options. Meals on Wheels has began the process of integrating some of their member programs into using the kitchen, and it is expected that up to $200,000 in annual food costs will be saved by local programs. Meals on Wheels’ biggest event of the year is right around the corner! The annual cocktail party, Meals on Heels, will be taking place on August 17, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. All the proceeds from the event go to support Metro Meals on Wheels. Included in each ticket is access to samplings of food and drinks from top restaurants and breweries in the Twin Cities, entertainment from Tim Mahoney, raffles and other games, and of course entrance into the Swank Soles Contest. For event and ticket information visit the Meals on Heels website, or their...Learn More
The mission of CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Programs) is to stabilize individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity. CEAP works to provide a holistic approach to providing resources to people in the community. They do this by offering a variety of services to their clients in order to meet their basic needs and in turn help them attain self-sufficiency. Their services operate in the areas of food support, transportation solutions, referrals, clothing, and community health. They serve Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, East Champlin in Hennepin County, and all of Anoka County. An exciting program that CEAP runs is their Farm Fresh Fest. It is a summer festival that includes produce stands, grilled hot dogs, food samples, games, musics, community resources, and more! Each event draws in hundreds of people, and is a great place to go with families. The program kicks off Friday, July 21 and will run every other Friday until the end of October. If you are interested in supporting CEAP you can donate or volunteer, you can also learn more about the programs they offer by visiting their...Learn More