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

7 questions about SNAP in Minnesota, answered

7 questions about SNAP in Minnesota, answered

Posted by MNHI Admin on Feb 10, 2017

In January, Governor Mark Dayton declared it was Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Outreach Month. The declaration placed emphasis on the importance of SNAP education, so to follow up, we would like to provide a resource for anyone looking for information about SNAP in Minnesota. What is SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a national program created with the intend to provide support and help stretch the food budget for households who need it most. How popular is SNAP usage in Minnesota? In Minnesota there are 476,000 residents receiving SNAP benefits, that is 9% (or 1 in 12) of the population of Minnesota. Of SNAP participants, 69% are in families with children, and 33% of SNAP participants are in families with members who are elderly or have disabilities. How much of the eligible population is using their SNAP benefits? Overall 66% of eligible Minnesotans are receiving their SNAP benefits, for individuals over the age of 60 the participate rate is 57%. By receiving SNAP benefits you are not taking away money from other people, the money for the program is already allocated. How do I know if I’m eligible for SNAP? SNAP eligibility is based on monthly income, expenses, and the number of people in your household. A helpful tool in finding out if you are eligible is this screening tool provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Click here for more information on SNAP eligibility in Minnesota or the screening tool in other languages. What’s an EBT card? The Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card is the means by which one receives their SNAP benefits....

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Featured Partner: ICA Food Shelf

Featured Partner: ICA Food Shelf

Posted by MNHI Admin on Feb 10, 2017

ICA Food Shelf serves the areas of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Shorewood, and Woodland. Since their start in 1971 ICA has been working toward their mission of providing hope and assistance to their neighbors in need through a variety of services. ICA’s services include: Food Distribution Program – scheduled pickup of food or, in case of emergency, a person may come to ICA for supplemental bag Walk-ins – Walk-ins at ICA will be given a supplemental bag and a future appointment will be set up Financial Assistance Program – Clients must apply, then schedule an appointment. This program assists with financial aid for rent, mortgage, and utilities. Employment Assistance – Job search support for clients of ICA. Services include: job search tools, interviewing skills, documenting work history, identifying resources for finding available employment, developing networking strategies, exploring career paths/building skills. If you would like to learn more about ICA’s upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and any other information, check out their...

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Walk to End Hunger 2016 Recap

Walk to End Hunger 2016 Recap

Posted by MNHI Admin on Jan 11, 2017

This past Thanksgiving 2,700 people flooded the halls of the Mall of America all for the same reason: to end hunger. The annual Walk to End Hunger brings together 12 organizations that work to fight hunger and is a family-friendly event that promotes helping others. This year a total of $295,071 was raised, so thank you to everyone who walked or donated! One big highlight of this year was the increase in the number of general fund registrations and the number of general fund donations from 2015. The general fund is the money that is split between the 12 organizations. The organizations that were involved in the Walk to End Hunger were: Hunger Solutions ICA Foodshelf Keystone Community Services Loaves & Fishes The Aliveness Project Meals on Wheels Minnesota FoodShare Neighbors, Inc. Second Harvest Heartland The Food Group The Salvation Army VEAP If you would like to learn more about any of the partner organizations that participated in the Walk to End Hunger you can click on the organization’s name above. Expect information to come out near the beginning of fall on the Walk to End Hunger...

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