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

Walk to End Hunger 2017 Recap

Walk to End Hunger 2017 Recap

Posted by MNHI Admin on Jan 30, 2018

It feels like just yesterday we were walking around the Mall of America early on Thanksgiving morning. Thank you to all of the walkers and everyone who donated to the Walk to End Hunger in any form. On top of the money raised for each individual organization, the money raised for the general Walk to End Hunger fund is split between the 12 organizations.     Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved we were able to raise over $285,000 to fight hunger in our state. We also want to thank the nearly 2,500 participants who got up early and joined us as part of their Thanksgiving holiday to support the fight against hunger.     Go and like the Walk to End Hunger Facebook page for some event photos and to keep up to date with Walk to End Hunger news throughout the...

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Featured Partner: Valley Outreach

Featured Partner: Valley Outreach

Posted by MNHI Admin on Dec 11, 2017

Valley Outreach primarily serves the St. Croix Valley area through basic needs programs including a food shelf, clothing closet, emergency assistance fund, resource advising and case management. Off-site programming consists of a weekend snack pack program for students, Mobile Choice (monthly home delivery of food) and seasonal produce distributions. Valley Outreach strives to treat all their clients with respect, while also supporting and empowering them. In the past year Valley Outreach collaborated with HealthPartners, The Food Group, University of Minnesota Extension, and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in order to create SuperShelf. SuperShelf transforms food shelves, creating welcoming environments for communities to access appealing, healthy food. You can support Valley Outreach by volunteering with them or by donating in a variety ways including monetary donations, clothes, or food. If you’re interested in learning more about Valley Outreach in general click...

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Featured Partner: Open Arms of Minnesota

Featured Partner: Open Arms of Minnesota

Posted by MNHI Admin on Nov 1, 2017

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 of Minnesota comes in. Open Arms is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Open Arms believes that food is medicine, and their work matters to the health outcomes of neighbors living with illness. With the help of over 6,000 volunteers, they’ll cook and deliver more than 600,000 medically-tailored meals this year to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), as well as their caregivers and dependents. Since their founding in 1986, they’ve delivered more than 5 million nourishing meals to neighbors in need. THE 10TH ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE Thanksgiving is a very special day at Open Arms of Minnesota. For more than 30 years, this holiday has been an important chance to show people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities that someone is thinking of them, particularly those who don’t otherwise have a support network. Open Arms offers their clients two choices for a Thanksgiving meal to share with their families: 1. Those who feel up to cooking receive a high-quality frozen turkey with all the fixings. 2. Those who are too sick to cook get a ready-to-enjoy turkey feast delivered on Thanksgiving Day. To support this special tradition, Open Arms is aiming to raise $50,000 in the 10th annual Turkey Drive! Every $50 donation provides...

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