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

Come to the Party with a Purpose!

Come to the Party with a Purpose!

Posted by MNHI Admin on Jul 20, 2016

One of our partner organizations, Meals on Wheels, will be hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year on Aug. 3. Meals on Heels is the party with a purpose. The event will take place at the Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul and will include food and beverages from top Twin Cities restaurants and breweries. There will also be games, raffles, entertainment, and of course the Swank Soles contest! One man and one woman champion will take home a prize valued at $250, so break out your craziest/hottest/most fabulous shoes for this event! All of the proceeds from the event benefit Metro Meals on Wheels, which supports the delivery of more than 1 million meals each year to people unable to leave their homes or make their own nutritious meals. Metro Meals on Wheels is the association of 32 Meals on Wheels programs in the Twin Cities metro area. With their program partners, they lead the effort to make sure people in our community receive the nutritious meals and the human connection they need to help them live independently. Like the event on Facebook for the most up to date information, restaurant announcements, and contests! You can also follow them on twitter, and for all the info you could need for the event check out the event website. Tickets start at $30 and cover food, drink and...

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Featured Partner: Minnesota FoodShare

Featured Partner: Minnesota FoodShare

Posted by MNHI Admin on Jul 6, 2016

Minnesota FoodShare is one of eight programs that the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches operates. They are most well-known for the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, Minnesota’s largest collective food and fund drive. This year over $8 million and 5.2 million pounds of food were accumulated and then distributed between 300 food shelves across the state! They also have two awesome programs that take place during the summer months. The Harvest Campaign is a two-month healthy food drive that takes place August 1 – September 30. The goal of the Campaign is to increase access to high-quality food choices for all Minnesotans by ensuring food shelves statewide are stocked with fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods. Food shelf clients suffer disproportionately from diet-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. The Harvest Campaign seeks to address these health disparities by highlighting the healthy food donation efforts of food shelf supporters, elevating the conversation around food access, and increasing the availability of produce and whole foods to food shelf users. GardenShare cultivates connections between gardeners, food shelves and neighbors-in-need by encouraging gardeners to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to food shelves or by offering gardening plots to those without green space. Click here to find out how you can start your own food shelf garden. Minnesota FoodShare is a great organization that is always looking for people to donate or volunteer. If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved with Minnesota FoodShare you can visit their...

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What is Minnesota doing to fight child hunger this summer?

What is Minnesota doing to fight child hunger this summer?

Posted by MNHI Admin on Jun 22, 2016

For many children in the state of Minnesota, meals at school are the only meals that they will have all day. According to the Minnesota Department of Education over 300,000 kids receive free or reduced lunch at their school, but only 15 percent of them receive summer meals from a program. One of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative partners, Second Harvest Heartland, has provided a great resource for those looking for information on summer meal programs. Here you will find an interactive map where you can type in your address and they will show you all places serving summer meals for children under 18 within a 50 mile radius. There are more than 700 places in Minnesota that serve meals to children during the day so there is likely one near you! If you have children who would benefit from a free healthy meal, or you know some that would, let them know about this opportunity. If you would like to learn more about the Summer Food Service Program you can go here. Another one of our partner organizations, Loaves & Fishes, has a great Summer Meal Program dedicated to feeding children when they are out of school. On top of the 20 sites where they serve food at year round, they have an additional 9 specifically for children during the summer. What makes their program so unique is their focus on providing healthy food to the sites where their food is served. Because a portion of the food they supply is grown by them at their own farms, they have the advantage of serving fresh produce to the children...

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