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Recent posts from the MNHI Blog
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...Learn More
By Hayley Severson, Minnesota Hunger Initiative Intern The Fare For All Program was started 30 years ago and is still working toward the same goal it was working toward then: buying quality nutritious food in bulk, and selling it to all members of the community at a reduced rate. One of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative partners, The Food Group, is the organization heading the program. The headquarters are in New Hope, and on top of that there are over 30 sites across the state where the Fare For All program can be found. Some facts about the program: The food packages range in price from $10-$25 The food packages can give you a savings of up to 40 percent compared to grocery store prices There are packages of varying sizes, ones that contain all produce, ones that contain all meat, and variety packs. It is open to everyone. There is no minimum income requirement. The more people who buy food from the program, the more buying power the program will have. So using the program will also be helping others customers, not taking food away from them. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, and EBT cards are all accepted at the sites. Last week I visited the site in Anoka at Zion Lutheran Church and was impressed. The thing that I found the most valuable, aside from the discounted food, was how easy it was for people to get the food they need. It was organized and everything was labeled straightforwardly. There were staff and volunteers available to assist at every station, whether it be picking out the package, checking out,...Learn More
In 2015 Loaves and Fishes served over 467,000 hot and nutritious meals. Aside from their focus on food, they also work to provide hospitality and warmth to those receiving meals at all of their sites. They have 19 locations around the Twin Cities. For a list of all locations go here. Through their Farm for All program they operate 4 farms throughout the metro and in turn they provide fresh produce to those who wouldn’t normally have access to it. Some of their other initiatives include a Summer Food Service program which works to provide food for kids when they are out of school. They also have the Zero Percent Food Recovery program that is dedicated to eliminating waste in cafeterias. 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...Learn More