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

8 ways to give back this Thanksgiving in the Twin Cities

8 ways to give back this Thanksgiving in the Twin Cities

Posted by MNHI Admin on Nov 12, 2019

Happy holiday season from the MN Hunger Initiative partner organizations. 1. Sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner for a family in the Twin Cities Every $60 sponsors a Thanksgiving dinner for a family living with a life-threatening illness through Open Arms. Donate or join the Turkey Drive and make Thanksgiving joyful for neighbors in need. 2. Attend The Walk to End Hunger The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly fun walk presented by The Mosaic Company. Held on Thanksgiving Morning in the Mall of America, it’s a great way to start your holiday off right – giving back before you give thanks! Each year more than 5,000 walkers join together in the fight against hunger. Be a Hero – Walk to End Hunger. All registration fees and donations raised go directly to the partner organization of your choice. Register to walk for one partner organization, or walk to benefit all 10 equally 3. Eat a Thanksgiving Juicy Lucy at the 5-8 Club! Throughout the month of November, guests can visit any of the 5-8 Club’s four locations (Champlin, Maplewood, Minneapolis, and West St. Paul) to support Meals on Wheels. From November 1-30, $1 from each purchase of the Thanksgiving Juicy Lucy  or the Great Pumpkin cocktail will be donated to Meals on Wheels. You can also donate $2 to receive a $5 coupon valid for the month of December. 4. Find a project that’s right for you. Volunteer United offers a huge variety of volunteer opportunities year-round. You can also sign up for their e-newsletter and get Volunteer United updates. 5. Birthday bags for children You can help make a child’s birthday party...

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Featured Partner: Keystone Community Services

Featured Partner: Keystone Community Services

Posted by MNHI Admin on May 17, 2019

The mission of Keystone Community Services is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life. Keystone provides vital, community-based services aimed at strengthening the community, with a commitment to serving people with the greatest needs. Services are designed with community input to meet the aspirations and respond to the changing needs of those we serve. For 80 years, Keystone has been a trusted place that neighbors in St. Paul turn to when they need support or when they want to connect with their community. Access to healthy food and support services is the key to a stable household. Keystone’s food shelves and Foodmobile (a mobile food shelf) provide healthy food and stabilizing support to more than 26,000 people in the St. Paul area. Their food shelves and basic needs services help low-income families have vital supports to be stable and successful. Keystone is able to provide these vital supports in the community only because of the kindness of our community – generous supporters and hardworking volunteers – who join them in their mission to improve the quality of life for the people around us. Make an impact and join them. Learn more about Keystone, by clicking...

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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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