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"I could go to the store and buy some fresh fruits and veggies and feel like I was doing something for myself to be healthy." - Julia


No one can reach their full potential when they’re hungry. And yet...


In Minnesota experienced food insecurity in 2022.

7.5 Million Food Shelf Visits in Minnesota in 2023. That's 2 million more visits than in 2022.

1 IN 11 KIDS

Didn't have regular access to the nutrition needed to thrive.


In Minnesota experienced food insecurity compared to 5% of White households.

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The Need is Real

When COVID-19 hit, we stepped up emergency food support. Now, we’re helping tackle the impact of inflation and rising food costs. Yet, on any given day, nearly a half million Minnesotans still face hunger.

Working Together We Can Keep Fridges Filled

Side-by-side with local food shelves, restaurants, partner agencies and supporters, we work tirelessly to source and distribute healthy food where it’s needed most. With our community of generous donors, volunteers, and advocates we’re the engine that fuels hunger relief across our region with efficiency, innovation and scale.
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In ending hunger together

There’s a role for each of us to play

We use our unique position in the emergency food chain to get food where it’s needed most and close the hunger divide. But, we can’t do any of this work alone. You can help by donating money, volunteering your time, advocating for hunger-relief causes–and so much more!


See what hunger looks like today, where our neighbors need us most, and how we’re making a difference in the lives of children, seniors and working families across our community.
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