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: Meals on Wheels

Featured Partner: Meals on Wheels

Posted by MNHI Admin on Aug 7, 2018

For the month of August our featured partner is Metro Meals on Wheels. Metro Meals on Wheels is the association of 32 Meals on Wheels programs in the Twin Cities. Meals on Wheels works hard to ensure that seniors and people living with disabilities receive healthy meals and are able to obtain independence. Volunteers not only deliver fresh, nutritious food right to the doors of Meals on Wheels recipients, they also provide a friendly visit and safety check-in that helps seniors live in their homes longer and maintain independence. Every August Meals on Wheels hosts their biggest fundraiser of the year, Meals on Heels. The premier summer party features food and drinks from local restaurants, entertainment, a raffle, and the Swank Soles contest in which the attendees with the best shoes take home a grand prize. The event takes places at the beautiful Nicollet Island Pavilion overlooking the Mississippi and the Minneapolis skyline. All proceeds from the party will go directly to support Meals on Wheels and their mission to deliver healthy food to our senior neighbors. Metro Meals on Wheels relies on the generous support of those in the community who believe in their work. You can donate or volunteer to Metro Meals on Wheels, or head to their website to learn more about...

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Featured Partner: The Food Group

Featured Partner: The Food Group

Posted by MNHI Admin on Jun 6, 2018

For 42 years The Food Group has worked to provide good foods to those who need it most in our community.  We focus on local food access, equity, and nutrition issues related to food and hunger in more than 21 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.The Food Group works on both ends of the food system from production to distribution. Working towards building a better local food system for all, we focus on breaking down barriers to growing good food locally and breaking down barriers to getting good food to those who need it most. Below three of The Food Group’s programs are highlighted. Food Shelf Support We partner with 170 food shelves and meal programs to offer distribution of donated food, bulk purchasing (supplements the variety and quantity of donated food they receive), TEFAP food distribution (a government commodities program), nutrition education and resources, capacity building support, and culturally equitable food and resources. Fare For All We operate a traveling nutritious grocery store, which makes monthly stops at 37 distribution sites across the Twin Cities and greater MN to offer fresh produce and quality meats.  We break down barriers for families seeking to stretch their food purchasing power and achieve self-sufficiency by offering discounts up to 30 percent off retail prices. Big River Farms Our newly acquired programming offers organic and sustainable agriculture education for local immigrant and historically underserved farmers.  It also creates market opportunities for the participating farmers (via a CSA, farmer’s markets, and wholesale markets), provides educational programming on sustainable agriculture to children and community members, and hosts an annual Emerging Farmers Conference. If you would...

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Featured Partner: Loaves and Fishes

Featured Partner: Loaves and Fishes

Posted by MNHI Admin on May 11, 2018

Loaves and Fishes’ Minnesota free meal program began 36 years ago, in 1982, with one dining site each in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since that time, they have grown to serving 2,000 meals daily, are present in seven Minnesota counties, and are the largest open-to-the-public free meal program in the state. They serve free, healthy meals to people in need in areas where that need is greatest. Their enhanced mission emphasizes nutrition in every meal, which includes a local farm-to-table approach during Minnesota’s growing season. Loaves and Fishes is always guided by their vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. Through a partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way, Loaves and Fishes’ Minnesota was able to start the Farm for All program. Volunteers give their time at the four community gardens and farm sites to provide fresh, organic food to Loaves and Fishes meal sites across the Twin Cities.   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...

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