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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The mission of CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Programs) is to stabilize individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity. CEAP works to provide a holistic approach to providing resources to people in the community. They do this by offering a variety of services to their clients in order to meet their basic needs and in turn help them attain self-sufficiency. Their services operate in the areas of food support, transportation solutions, referrals, clothing, and community health. They serve Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, East Champlin in Hennepin County, all of Anoka County, Mounds View, and New Brighton. One of their most unique programs is the Turning Leaf Thrift Store. It functions as a normal thrift store by providing one-of-a-kind clothing at affordable prices. The cool thing about this is that 100% of the revenue made from the store goes to support CEAP programs. Turning Leaf Thrift Store accepts new and gently used clothing and household goods. They are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are interested in supporting CEAP you can donate or volunteer, you can also learn more about the programs they offer by visiting their...Learn More
Hunger Solutions works to advocate and give a voice to those who are facing the challenge of hunger in our state. Here are the issues that were of top priority for them this past legislative session, and the outcomes of their efforts: Market Bucks Funding With help from supporters emailing and calling lawmakers, funding for Market Bucks was restored. Market Bucks are money that is matched with money on a EBT card, and can be used at farmers markets all over Minnesota. If you would like to learn more about Market Bucks and how they work, you can check out a previous Minnesota Hunger Initiative post that will give you more details about Market Bucks and SNAP/EBT cards in Minnesota. Food Shelf Funding Increase An increase in funding for food shelves in Minnesota has passed! This money will go toward buying more proteins, fruits, vegetables and diapers. From 2011-2015 food shelf visits have increased by almost 6 percent for every age group, so now is the perfect time to be taking action on food insecurity in Minnesota. Good Food Access Fund It is estimated that 235,000 Minnesota live more than 10 miles away from a grocery store, supermarket, or supercenter. In order to keep access to healthy food in all areas of Minnesota, The Good Food Access Fund asked for an increase in funding so that they can continue their work. The Good Food Access fund was included in the Agriculture Budget, although it is unclear at this time what exactly this will mean. The Commission of Agriculture can appropriate up to $250,000 to the program per year. ...Learn More
*This post has been updated with new additions and the most recent data from the 2016-2017 school year. For many children in the state of Minnesota, meals at school are the only meals that they will have all day. According to the Minnesota Department of Health over 38.1 percent of kids receive free or reduced price lunch at their school, but only 17 percent of them receive summer meals from a program. One of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative partners, Second Harvest Heartland, has provided a great resource for those looking for information on summer meal programs. Here you will find an interactive map where you can type in your address and they will show you all locations that are serving summer meals for children under 18. They have also added a special feature that makes finding meal sites even easier! Just text “Food” to 877-877 and you will receive a text back with the address of summer meal sites in your area. Another exciting new addition coming this summer is the Metro Transit Summer Student Pass! Through a partnership between Metro Transit and Second Harvest Heartland, they are working to break down the barrier of transportation so children will be able to access free summer meals. Last year schools and other organizations at 870+ summer meal sites provided almost three million meals to children ages 18 and under. If you have children who would benefit from a free healthy meal, or you know some that would, let them know about this opportunity. If you would like to learn more about the Summer Food Service Program you can go here....Learn More