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: Open Arms of Minnesota

Featured Partner: Open Arms of Minnesota

Posted by MNHI Admin on Apr 11, 2019

With Open Arms, we nourish body, mind and soul That’s the mission of Open Arms of Minnesota. It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet every day people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help. That’s where Open Arms comes in. Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. They believe that food is medicine, and that their work matters to the health outcomes of their clients. With the help of over 7,300 volunteers, Open Arms will cook and deliver more than 600,000 delicious meals this year to people living with life-threatening illnesses, as well as their caregivers and dependents. Since their founding in 1986, Open Arms has relied on its phenomenal community of donors and volunteers to help nourish and sustain people living with illness in the Twin Cities. They couldn’t do the work they do in their kitchen, on delivery to clients, or at their organic farm project without the support of these individuals. Join them in making a difference in our community! You can support Open Arms by becoming a volunteer or making a donation. They have volunteer opportunities in the kitchen, on delivery, at their urban farms, and in their office. Learn more and get started...

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Featured Partner: Hunger Solutions

Featured Partner: Hunger Solutions

Posted by MNHI Admin on Mar 9, 2019

One big piece of Hunger Solution’s work is to advocate and give a voice to those who are facing the challenge of hunger in our state. Below is information on one of their biggest events of the year — Hunger Day on the Hill. It’s often said that as few as seven calls from constituents is enough to get an issue on the elected official’s radar, and sometimes even enough to persuade them to your side of the issue. Hunger Solutions has seen the importance of this advocacy in their work. When the state government budget proposal threatened to end funding for the Market Bucks program, dozens of calls to lawmakers got the funding restored. Every year anti-hunger advocates gather for Hunger Day on the Hill – a one-day event where they learn about hunger issues at the State Capitol and meet with elected officials to advocate for our policy priorities. Hunger Day on the Hill is a chance to meet with our elected officials face-to-face, build relationships, and lay the groundwork for future advocacy. Join us for Hunger Day on the Hill and put ending hunger in Minnesota at the top of the Legislature’s to-do list! Thurs., March 14, 2019 10:30 am-3:00 pm St. Paul College (Theater – 235 Marshall Ave., St. Paul) Register: hungerday2019.eventbrite.com We look forward to advocating together on the Partners to End Hunger Agenda: Fully funding the Good Food Access Program Improving school breakfast Ending school lunch shaming Continued mobile food shelf funding Farm to School and early care Urban Agriculture Grant Program Hunger Free Campuses Event includes: Prepare and practice speaking on key issues Visit with...

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Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown on SNAP Recipients and Hunger Resources

Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown on SNAP Recipients and Hunger Resources

Posted by MNHI Admin on Feb 12, 2019

Due to the government shutdown many people who receive SNAP to aid with their food costs will see a large gap between their benefits. When the government first shut down in late December, February SNAP benefits were sent out early to ensure that people would still receive SNAP benefits for that month — with most of them being sent out by Jan. 20. Since February benefits were sent out early, and the next month’s benefits won’t be sent out until March, SNAP households could see benefit gaps of up to 50-60 days. What this gap in benefits means is that households that receive SNAP to feed their families could go almost twice as long without food assistance. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains why SNAP benefits usually are used up quickly, and in turn how this gap could be harmful to SNAP households: SNAP benefits are not intended to cover the entire month for most households. The SNAP benefit formula assumes that families will spend 30 percent of their available cash income for food. Many households spend their SNAP benefits quickly because they can only be spent on food. Cash income from other sources is needed to pay for other expenses, such as rent or mortgage, utilities, essential non-food items, clothing, gasoline, and car repairs. As a result, families use their SNAP benefits first to make food purchases, saving cash for other needed expenses. Across the United States about 15 million households could experience a gap in SNAP benefits of more than 40 days. More than 4 million low-income households, including 8 million people, could experience a...

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