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

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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Start a New Family Tradition with The Walk to End Hunger

Start a New Family Tradition with The Walk to End Hunger

Posted by MNHI Admin on Oct 11, 2017

Have you been looking for a new family tradition? The Walk to End Hunger is the perfect Thanksgiving tradition that provides fun and entertainment for the whole family, and gives back to those most in need! The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly walk hosted by the Mall of America and presented by The Mosaic Company. The Walk takes place Thanksgiving morning 7:00am-10:00am. You’ll have already worked up an appetite and supported hunger-relief organizations in Minnesota, all before the Thanksgiving Day festivities begin! The Walk to End Hunger has 12 organizations that participate in the event, 10 of which are Minnesota Hunger Initiative partners. You can either donate to or walk with a specific organization, or you can donate to the general fund which is then split between the 12 organizations. Walk You can walk with a certain organization and have the funds from your team go right to that organization, or you can be a general walker and have your funds split evenly between the participating organizations. There is a $25 registration fee when you sign up to walk. Donate If you have a specific organization that you want to donate to you can donate to a team or individual walking on their behalf, or you can donate to the general fund which benefits all twelve organizations. To keep up to date with all of the Walk to End Hunger news make sure you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. The Walk to End Hunger website is the place to go to find all your information, sign up for the walk, donate, and more....

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Featured Partner: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Featured Partner: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Posted by MNHI Admin on Oct 9, 2017

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis serves those most in need.  It is a leader at solving poverty, creating opportunity, and advocating for justice. The needs for social services are constantly changing, and since its founding nearly 150 years ago, Catholic Charities has worked to adapt to these changes. Catholic Charities responds in three ways: preventing poverty, meeting basic needs in time of crisis, and creating pathways out of poverty. You can see the values of Catholic Charities at work in all of their 39 different programs which assist 30,000 people each year across the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul Region. Food-related Programs: A Bridge to Stability Catholic Charities’ drop-in meal programs located at the connection centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, serve as a bridge to stability. People who are on the verge of, or experiencing homelessness, come to Catholic Charities for meals, are screened for other needs, and then connected to a wide variety of critical services as pathways out of poverty. In addition to serving nutritious, hot meals, these convenient, one-stop locations encourage and empower clients in achieving both short- and long-term foundational stability and self-sufficiency, by offering on-site services to improve health, income, housing stability, and wellbeing. Historic Public-Private Partnership:  Dorothy Day Place Dorothy Day Place in Saint Paul—a bold new vision to prevent and end homelessness– is one of  Catholic Charities’ current critical initiatives. The original Dorothy Day Center was created 36 years ago with the intent to provide drop-in meals. As need for more resources was apparent, it transitioned into an overnight shelter. Six years ago they reached maximum capacity and had to begin...

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