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.Learn More
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!Learn More
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.Learn More
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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...Learn More
VEAP is a basic needs and social services organization whose programs promote access to healthy foods, stable housing and community connections and supports. VEAP’s programs are designed address a particular need, and when used together provide hope, can help avoid a financial crisis such as loss of housing, transportation or employment. Hardships can come from a disability, job transition, or the financial and physical stresses of aging, which is why VEAP has been helping the communities of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis for 45 years. VEAP’s programs are designed to create pathways to stability. They take appointments for up to 120 households per day, providing healthy food, access to housing stability, resources for employment and other community connections. VEAP’s licensed social workers meet with new clients, allowing for a deeper level of intake and assessment ensuring clients have access to the tools they need to stabilize their situation. VEAP’s largest outreach is its food program which includes a food pantry, supplemental food programs for youth, food deliveries for seniors and a mobile food pantry. When a family or individual faces a crisis, having reliable access to healthy food can free up dollars in the monthly budget to allocate to housing, utilities, transportation, medication and more. Clients have told us that what they need is access to fresh and healthy foods and the main barrier to eating healthy everyday is cost. VEAP continues to look for ways to increase healthy food access. The Summer Youth Food Program ensures that families with school aged children can visit VEAP one additional time each month. During the school year, VEAP works with...Learn More
The featured partner this month is Keystone Community Services. Founded in 1939 by community volunteers, Keystone Community Services is a multi-service nonprofit organization that provides high-quality social services in the community and in neighborhood gathering places to support and strengthen individuals, families and communities. Keystone has seven sites throughout the St. Paul area and serves more than 35,000 people through services in the areas of basic needs, youth school success and healthy development, youth employment, and senior services. More than 3,000 community volunteers, along with donor support, make Keystone’s work possible! Keystone believes that all of our neighbors in need should have access to vital supports to be stable and thriving. To be successful, people need access to healthy food resources. In addition to operating three food shelves, Keystone has expanded food support programs by increasing distributions through Foodmobile (a mobile food shelf program) and continuing to offer free farmers market events throughout the summer growing season. Through all these efforts, Keystone is supporting individuals and families in need by giving them access to nutritious food. Want to support Keystone’s food shelf efforts? March is a great time to get involved with food shelves like Keystone. Throughout the month, food shelves across the state work with local businesses, faith communities and individuals to raise funds and stock food shelves with fresh food. Need some inspiration about how to get involved? Here are some ideas: Hold a food drive – ask your employer or faith community to hold a food drive. Collect specialty food items with your book club or group of friends – read a book about hunger or...Learn More