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

What is being done at The Capitol to fight hunger?

What is being done at The Capitol to fight hunger?

Posted by MNHI Admin on Mar 20, 2017

This past Monday people from all across the state gathered at the Capitol to advocate for hunger relief in Minnesota. At the third annual Hunger Day on The Hill there were many important issues being discussed. One of the great things about this event is that it brings together people who are working towards the same goal, as Hunger Day on The Hill Speaker Vayong Moua said: “It’s not just about talking with legislators, it’s about strengthening your allyship with the people around you.” Below are the issues brought up to legislators this year at Hunger Day on the Hill. Mobile Food Shelves Mobile food shelves are a creative twist on traditional food shelves that bring the food right to the people who need it. Mobile food shelves take away the stress that can occur when trying to find transportation to a food shelf. There are currently 22 food shelves in Minnesota that are interested in starting or expanding mobile food shelves that don’t have any funding at this time. With an increasing population over the age of 65, the need for programs like mobile food shelves will continue to increase. This year at Hunger Day on the Hill lawmakers were asked to renew funding for mobile food shelves for existing and new programs. Food Shelf Funding Increase Food insecurity continues to be a burden that affects thousands of Minnesotans. Food shelf visits have increased among all age groups by 5.9 percent from 2011 to 2015, with these visits staying above 3 million visits per year for the last 5 years. In order to alleviate hunger in Minnesota, it...

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How to get involved in the March Campaign

How to get involved in the March Campaign

Posted by MNHI Admin on Mar 10, 2017

What happens when the whole state comes together to advocate for and support the fight against hunger? Big things! The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign does just that by working to keep 300 food shelves across the state operating throughout the year. March is historically the month where food shelves receive the fewest donations. The campaign encourages individuals, businesses, faith communities, schools, and other organizations to support their local food shelf during the month of March. In 2016 we saw the most successful March Campaign to date, with over $7.9 million raised and 5.2 million pounds of food donated. This was raised by a variety of organizations coming together to raise money and food for their community. A number of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative partners are participating in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Here is a list of those organizations with a link to information on their food or fund drives: CEAP Family Pathways Hunger Solutions ICA Food Shelf Keystone Community Services Minnesota FoodShare Neighborhood House Northpoint Health and Wellness Center Pillsbury United Communities Second Harvest Heartland VEAP Valley Outreach Aside from donating food and money directly to the organizations, there are also many fun ways to get involved in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Here is a list of the Partners of the Campaign and Events they have planned: CRAVE Restaurants: Minnesota FoodShare has been chosen to be the CRAVE Cares charity for the month of March. Stop into one of their six locations in Minnesota. Finnegans Brewing: 100% of beer proceeds will be benefiting the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Finnegans will also be marching with March Out Hunger...

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Featured Partner: Hunger Solutions

Featured Partner: Hunger Solutions

Posted by MNHI Admin on Mar 3, 2017

Hunger Solutions Minnesota was founded in 2001 with the merging of the Minnesota Food Bank Network and the Minnesota Food Shelf Association. Since their beginning, they have grown tremendously, and their impact can be seen very easily. Their work is simple: ensuring food security for all Minnesotans. They do this through their programs that work to end hunger by strengthening Minnesota’s food shelves through funding and technical assistance, connecting organizations and individuals working to end hunger in Minnesota, and advancing fair public nutrition policies on behalf of hungry Minnesotans. Some measures of their success include: Helping over 30,000 people find food shelves and food banks, as well as assisting with SNAP enrollment through their Minnesota Food Helpline since its start in 2009. Providing over $2 million in grants to food shelves in crisis through their Food Shelf Capacity Building Program. Distributing over 12 million pounds of food to food banks in Minnesota through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Hunger Solutions is also dedicated to advocating for hunger relief in Minnesota. Hunger Day on the Hill is one way that they do just that. There will be briefings on key legislative issues relating to hunger. The event is free and open to anyone, but it is requested that you register in advance.  Here are some details about Hunger Day on the Hill 2017: Time and Date: Monday, March 13 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Location: Minnesota State Capitol 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard L’Etoile du Nord Vault (Room B15) St. Paul, MN 55155 Parking is available throughout the Capitol Complex. There is also parking available behind...

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