Cutting Hunger in Half by 2030
Make Hunger History
A future where everyone in Minnesota has the food they need to thrive is a goal that belongs to all of us, and it’s going to take all of us to get there.
Despite a supercharged community effort and our lean, efficient food bank running nonstop, food shelf visits are climbing to record levels. Federal dollars that helped families afford groceries early in the pandemic have disappeared, and sky-high grocery, gas, and utility prices have made it harder than ever for many to fill their fridges.
We need bold new solutions, stronger connections, and a way to clearly measure our progress so we can understand what’s working.
We're going to reach more of our neighbors, while powering-up partnerships to get more of the right food where it’s needed most. With new coalitions, innovative one-on-one services and policy change, it’s possible to end hunger altogether in our state.
It’s time to get to work.
Mapping Minnesota Hunger
With access to real-time hunger data, Second Harvest Heartland now has the ability to target services to hunger hot spots. By creating maps and meeting with neighbors and partners, we are learning more about our communities, what the food ecosystem looks like, and how we can better serve our neighbors. We will share what we learn so that we can work together to ensure everyone has access to nutritious food, no matter where they live.
In 2025, Second Harvest Heartland will be sharing a Minnesota Hunger Scorecard, including a combination of traditional metrics like county hunger rates and new data that allows us to track food insecurity more accurately and urgently.
Reduce, Prevent, Track
We’re calling on the community to end food insecurity. We’ll reduce hunger today by increasing access to emergency food and prevent hunger tomorrow through policy and partnerships, tracking our shared progress along the way.
Reduce hunger today by increasing access to emergency food.
Prevent hunger tomorrow with policy, partnerships, and one-on-one services.
Track progress to ensure we're effective and accountable.
Frequently Asked Question about Make Hunger History
Make Hunger History is a big, bold goal to cut hunger in half for all Minnesotans by 2030. We’re bringing the community together to make hunger less common and tracking our progress along the way.
Early in the pandemic, policymakers, business leaders, community leaders and hunger fighters came together to keep devastating levels of hunger at bay. We learned a lot in the process and we’re ready to bring back that sense of urgency and put our new knowledge and partnerships to work.
We considered how long it would take to make significant change if we see action from policymakers, business leaders, and all Minnesotans. We believe it's possible, but we can’t get it done without everyone pooling their varied and integral resources together.
- Make ending hunger a priority: Minnesota experienced the worst two years in recent history when it comes to food insecurity, but this is a solvable problem. Hunger is a policy choice and together we can choose to end it. (Stay tuned for more re: our policy priorities!)
- Visit your local food shelves to hear first-hand the challenges they’re facing and engage with your constituents experiencing food insecurity. They are the experts in what needs to be done. (We can help make those connections!)
- Host hearings, town hall meetings, or other events to bring policymakers and community members together for a conversation about addressing hunger at its roots.
- We want to see food shelf visits going down, as it’s a clear indicator people are better able to afford the groceries they need.
- Hunger Solutions Minnesota reported a record 7.5 million food shelf visits last year. We are working to cut this in half by 2030.
One year from now. We'll release a letter grade, describing how well the community is progressing in the fight against hunger.
The centerpiece will be rates of hunger and will also capture our progress in tackling sky-high food shelf visits. It will also reflect poverty rates, racial inequities, neighbors served, and government meals delivered.
Moving forward, we'll release a progress update every six months.
Minnesota is on pace for our hungriest year on record and we’ve been seeing rates rise since spring 2023 when changes to emergency SNAP benefits went into effect. Alongside inflation and ongoing volatility in gas and grocery prices, this has created an environment where many Minnesotans are having a hard time putting food on the table. More than 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck – that means more of our neighbors are facing food insecurity. In fact, in 2023, Minnesota food shelves saw 7.5 million visits—which was 2 million more than the record-setting 5 million visits food shelves saw in 2022. Hunger is a growing issue in our state, and we need new solutions to make hunger less common for our neighbors.