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: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Featured Partner: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Posted by MNHI Admin on Dec 2, 2016

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis have the simple mission of working to prevent poverty, provide resources for those in poverty, and to advocate for justice in our community. They oversee 39 programs  throughout the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Region that assist people in need—including  people experiencing homelessness, children at risk, New Americans, older adults, and those with disabilities.  Through the largest public-private social services partnership in state history, Catholic Charities is working to build Dorothy Day Place in St. Paul—an innovative model to prevent and end homelessness. You can find a list of Catholic Charities programs and what they do at each of them here. Last year Catholic Charities provided more than 480,000 nights of housing and emergency shelter and served over one million meals to those in need. They couldn’t have done this without the generous efforts of their many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities check out their volunteer page, with so many programs operating there is sure to be one that fits you just right! For more information about Catholic Charities you can visit their website, and like their Facebook...

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Where to find Thanksgiving Meals and Volunteering Opportunities

Where to find Thanksgiving Meals and Volunteering Opportunities

Posted by MNHI Admin on Nov 8, 2016

On a day centered around a big meal, no one should have to think about where their Thanksgiving meal is coming from. There are a number of programs throughout the Twin Cities that provide hot and cold meals on the day of Thanksgiving. There are also a lot of options if you are interested in volunteering on Thanksgiving, and giving back before you give thanks. If you’re looking for meals Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels prepares meals consisting of turkey, dressing, potatoes, peas, corn, cranberries, rolls, pumpkin pie and milk for families in need and delivers those meals to their homes on Thanksgiving Day. This service is available to all who need it – not just seniors. If you are interested in receiving Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels you can contact them at 651-699-5405 anytime after November 1. VEAP: Thanksgiving Hot Meals VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) will be delivering hot meals between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This is designed for seniors and people with disabilities who may be alone on the holiday, or can’t make their own meal. In order to be eligible to receive a meal you must live in Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, or South Minneapolis (South of 50th street and west of Cedar Ave.). VEAP cannot take any special food requests. There is a limit of 2 meals per household. You must be at home in order for the meals to delivered, so between 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. To register you must call VEAP at 952-888-9616. Please call by Thursday, Nov. 17. Registration will close early if...

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Featured Partner: Open Arms of Minnesota

Featured Partner: Open Arms of Minnesota

Posted by MNHI Admin on Nov 2, 2016

It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet every day people in the Twin Cities with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help. That’s where Open Arms of Minnesota comes in. The nonprofit organization cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening and chronic illness in the Twin Cities. With the help of more than 5,000 volunteers, Open Arms will deliver approximately 600,000 delicious meals this year to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), as well as their caregivers and dependents. The fresh, healthy meals nourish clients like Bobbie, who has cancer. “When I first started with Open Arms’ food service, I didn’t realize how much it would mean to me,” she shared. “Because my brain was so affected I just wasn’t eating very well, just TV dinners. It was just too much to figure out…cooking was out of the question. I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I got my first delivery of food. What a treat! Thank you for helping me eat better for a healthier body.” This year, Open Arms will deliver its 5 millionth meal and celebrate a big milestone: 30 years of delivering nourishment and hope to people in the community living with illness. A great way to get involved this month: This November, Open Arms will continue a tradition dating back to its earliest days: delivering beautiful turkey dinners to clients on Thanksgiving. You can help sponsor these special holiday meals – $50 provides a turkey...

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