History and Purpose

History and Purpose

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.

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The Walk To End Hunger

The Walk To End Hunger

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!

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Partners

Partners

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.

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The Minnesota Hunger Initiative (name change effective January 2015) is comprised of 20 organizations who collectively and individually work to end hunger in our communities.

Explore the site to learn more about how we work together throughout Minnesota and how YOU can get involved in our work - Let's END HUNGER together!

News & Updates

Recent posts from the MNHI Blog

Featured Partner: The Food Group

Featured Partner: The Food Group

Posted by MNHI Admin on Jun 6, 2018

For 42 years The Food Group has worked to provide good foods to those who need it most in our community.  We focus on local food access, equity, and nutrition issues related to food and hunger in more than 21 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.The Food Group works on both ends of the food system from production to distribution. Working towards building a better local food system for all, we focus on breaking down barriers to growing good food locally and breaking down barriers to getting good food to those who need it most. Below three of The Food Group’s programs are highlighted. Food Shelf Support We partner with 170 food shelves and meal programs to offer distribution of donated food, bulk purchasing (supplements the variety and quantity of donated food they receive), TEFAP food distribution (a government commodities program), nutrition education and resources, capacity building support, and culturally equitable food and resources. Fare For All We operate a traveling nutritious grocery store, which makes monthly stops at 37 distribution sites across the Twin Cities and greater MN to offer fresh produce and quality meats.  We break down barriers for families seeking to stretch their food purchasing power and achieve self-sufficiency by offering discounts up to 30 percent off retail prices. Big River Farms Our newly acquired programming offers organic and sustainable agriculture education for local immigrant and historically underserved farmers.  It also creates market opportunities for the participating farmers (via a CSA, farmer’s markets, and wholesale markets), provides educational programming on sustainable agriculture to children and community members, and hosts an annual Emerging Farmers Conference. If you would...

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Featured Partner: Loaves and Fishes

Featured Partner: Loaves and Fishes

Posted by MNHI Admin on May 11, 2018

Loaves and Fishes’ Minnesota free meal program began 36 years ago, in 1982, with one dining site each in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since that time, they have grown to serving 2,000 meals daily, are present in seven Minnesota counties, and are the largest open-to-the-public free meal program in the state. They serve free, healthy meals to people in need in areas where that need is greatest. Their enhanced mission emphasizes nutrition in every meal, which includes a local farm-to-table approach during Minnesota’s growing season. Loaves and Fishes is always guided by their vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. Through a partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way, Loaves and Fishes’ Minnesota was able to start the Farm for All program. Volunteers give their time at the four community gardens and farm sites to provide fresh, organic food to Loaves and Fishes meal sites across the Twin Cities.   If you are interested in learning more about Loaves and Fishes or volunteering you can visit their website here. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter...

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Featured Partner: VEAP

Featured Partner: VEAP

Posted by MNHI Admin on Apr 9, 2018

VEAP is a basic needs and social services organization whose programs promote access to healthy foods, stable housing and community connections and supports.  VEAP’s programs are designed address a particular need, and when used together provide hope, can help avoid a financial crisis such as loss of housing, transportation or employment.  Hardships can come from a disability, job transition, or the financial and physical stresses of aging, which is why VEAP has been helping the communities of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis for 45 years. VEAP’s programs are designed to create pathways to stability.  They take appointments for up to 120 households per day, providing healthy food, access to housing stability, resources for employment and other community connections. VEAP’s licensed social workers meet with new clients, allowing for a deeper level of intake and assessment ensuring clients have access to the tools they need to stabilize their situation. VEAP’s largest outreach is its food program which includes a food pantry, supplemental food programs for youth, food deliveries for seniors and a mobile food pantry. When a family or individual faces a crisis, having reliable access to healthy food can free up dollars in the monthly budget to allocate to housing, utilities, transportation, medication and more. Clients have told us that what they need is access to fresh and healthy foods and the main barrier to eating healthy everyday is cost. VEAP continues to look for ways to increase healthy food access.  The Summer Youth Food Program ensures that families with school aged children can visit VEAP one additional time each month.  During the school year, VEAP works with...

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