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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Fall is in full swing, and with this comes colder temperatures. With the harsh winters that we Minnesotans face, that monthly heating bill can be a big burden. If you’re struggling with household costs, you shouldn’t have to choose between food and paying the heating bill. Luckily, many state and federal programs have been created to aid this very issue. The Energy Assistance Program The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. This program is federally funded and does not have to be paid back, as it is offered as a grant. Grants are available for both renters and homeowners, and are based on household size, income, fuel type, and energy use. The services offered from the Energy Assistance Program may include: Payment of energy bills Help with utility disconnections or necessary fuel deliveries Education on efficient and safe use of home heating energy Advocacy with energy suppliers and human service providers on behalf of customers Repair or replacement of homeowners’ malfunctioning heating systems If you are interested, first find out if you are eligible by looking at the 2017 Maximum Energy Assistance Program Income Guidelines, then fill out an application and find your EAP provider. Cold Weather Rule The Cold Weather Rule (CWR) was created to help protect and reconnect your heat. All Electric and Natural Gas companies offer CWR protection. You can create a payment plan that will help make monthly heating bills more attainable, and prevent your heat from being turned off. You must make the CWR payment plan with your Electric or Natural Gas utility company to...Learn More
Keystone Community Services is a 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 25,000 people through basic needs services, senior services and youth services. Keystone’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life. Our Basic Needs program mission is to make sure that every person in St. Paul has access to healthy food so they can have good health and a hopeful future. In Keystone’s Basic Needs program, over 7,000 individuals per month are served and that number is continuing to grow. Faced with increasing requests for assistance, Keystone has grappled with how to keep up with the demand for food—and more importantly, how to help clients move beyond food shelf dependence to greater self-reliance. Though we are able to serve many people and give them access to the food they need, we know we still can’t reach everyone in need of healthy food with traditional services. For example, there are neighborhoods in our community with families in need of food assistance but with limited access to the food they need. For over 50% of our clients, transportation is a barrier to receiving emergency food and other essential services. Forty-two percent of our food shelf users are disabled or care giving for a disabled loved one. Healthy food gives these folks who are facing a lot of stressful challenges on a very limited income the strength to carry on day to day. It’s...Learn More
Want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition with your family? Gather up the crew and head down to the Mall of America Thanksgiving morning and join The Walk To End Hunger. The Walk To End Hunger is a family-friendly 5k walk where 100% of the proceeds go to organizations in the Twin Cities dedicated to fighting hunger. Walking the whole 5k is not required – we encourage you to walk whatever distance you feel comfortable doing. There will also be fun fitness activities on the second floor of the mall. We at the Minnesota Hunger Initiative know that when people come together who are working toward the same goal amazing things can happen, and that is what The Walk to End Hunger is all about! Many of the partner organizations of The Walk to End Hunger are also partner organizations of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative. You can choose to walk for one of the specific organizations and have your proceeds go to them. Or you can choose to have your money go toward the general fund, where it will be split evenly between all of the partner organizations. Although it is suggested to set a fundraising goal of $100, the registration fee is only $25. Anyone under 18 can also register to walk free of charge as a Hunger Fighter Jr. Registration is now open so start getting together your team. Visit The Walk to End Hunger website to register and to find out more information about this great...Learn More