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

What is the Healthy Savings Program?

What is the Healthy Savings Program?

Posted by MNHI Admin on May 26, 2016

Armed with affordable fresh produce, skills imparted by top local chefs and advice from nutritionists, a number of local families are participating in a program to both increase access to nutritious food and build healthy cooking and eating habits.   The Minnesota Hunger Initiative is all about bringing together groups and resources to create better opportunities for healthier, and well-fed people. Through combined efforts of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative, Medica, Solutran, and University of Minnesota Extension, the Healthy Savings Program has come into place! The Healthy Savings Program is a 12-week voluntary program that provides access to free and discounted food, while also offering educational opportunities to focus on things such as cooking skills and shopping tips. Participants in the Healthy Savings Program receive: • Healthy Savings Card loaded for 12 weeks of free produce, continued benefits for healthier foods, and benefits to shop at local farmers’ markets • Cooking class to learn knife, nutrition, and safety tips • Kitchen supplies for easier and faster cooking • A grocery store tour where participants learn how to use the Healthy Savings Card, tips on reading labels, weighing food and budgeting • A dietary log to measure current and post-pilot eating habits • At the end of the project, a survey to measure behavioral changes. Right now five food shelf programs are working to enroll people into the program, and this will only continue to grow. For a full press release and more information about the Healthy Savings Program, as well as the partners working on it, click...

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5.2 million pounds of food donated during Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign!

5.2 million pounds of food donated during Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign!

Posted by MNHI Admin on May 10, 2016

The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is a coming together of efforts throughout our entire state to provide food to over 300 food shelves throughout Minnesota. Each food shelf involved held their own food and fund drive with the help of their local businesses, schools, churches and community groups. On top of their efforts, Minnesota FoodShare held a statewide food and fund drive where all of the proceeds are split between the 300 food shelves. So whether you gave to an individual food shelf, or a food drive or event hosted by the Minnesota FoodShare, your food or money was all going to the same place: food shelves in our state that will help feed Minnesotans in need. Through the combined efforts of everyone involved, over $8 million and 5.2 million pounds of food were accumulated and will be distributed to the partnering food shelves. This food and money will go a long way. Many food shelves involved report that the March Campaign is their largest fundraiser of the year and that it brings in at least 50 percent of the resources that they will need to operate for the rest of the year. The Center for Philanthropy estimates that each dollar donated to a food shelf is able to leverage $4 worth of food. Minnesota FoodShare estimates that the $8 million raised this year will bring in over $30 million dollars worth of food. Thank you to everyone who participated or donated in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. This success shows what happens when Minnesotans come together to help one another! Let’s continue this giving and keep it going...

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Featured Partner: Greater Twin Cities United Way

Featured Partner: Greater Twin Cities United Way

Posted by MNHI Admin on May 5, 2016

Greater Twin Cities United Way helps people and communities reach their full potential. They help make sure people in our region are able to make the most of their lives, recognizing that our diversity, education standards, economic opportunity, and ability to meet basic needs makes us all stronger. To help provide those basic needs, like food, they recently announced a $50 million to our Strengthening the Safety Net goal area. This funding will boost nearly 100 organizations in their work providing basic needs in the nine-county metro area. Within these organizations, 24 programs are working directly to end hunger in our community. United Way also makes a difference for hungry families in our community through volunteerism. Last year, during their Centennial year, United Way volunteers served 39,819 meals to the hungry and made 52,779 healthy snack packs for kids. Learn more:...

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