Minnesota Hunger Partners


Hunger Solutions MN

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The mission of Hunger Solutions Minnesota (HSM) is dedicated to ending hunger. HSM is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy. Web Site: www.hungersolutions.org

Minnesota FoodShare

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Minnesota FoodShare is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Each March, FoodShare directs the largest food drive in the state (known as the March Campaign) and restocks more than 260 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, corporations, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort. Minnesota FoodShare also advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota. Web Site: www.gmcc.org/foodshare

Feeding America’s Food Bank

America’s Second Harvest Food Banks warehouse food products from wholesale overstock, government commodities, and private sources. They in turn distribute supplies to food shelves emergency meal programs, and other non-emergency social service programs at a low shared-maintenance cost.

Channel One Food Bank
131 - 35th St. SE
Rochester, MN
(507) 287-2350

Great Plains Food Bank
1720 - 3rd Ave. N.
P.O.Box 389
Fargo, ND
(701) 232-6219

North Country Food Bank
424 West Broadway
Crookston, MN
(218) 281-7356

Second Harvest Heartland
1140 Gervais Avenue
Maplewood, MN
(651) 484-511

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank
2222 Cromell Drive
P.O.Box 5130
Grand Rapids, MN
(218) 326-4420

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
4503 Airpark Blvd.
Duluth, MN
(218) 727-5653

Minnesota Office of Economic Opportunity

The Minnesota Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) administers a variety of federal and state funded anti-poverty and self-sufficiency programs. The Office of Economic Opportunity allocates over $40 million a year to more than 200 organizations and programs working with low-income families in Minnesota. OEO’s partners include Community Action Agencies, Food and Shelter programs, the Minnesota Community Action Association, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Head Start Association, the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, the Minnesota WorkForce Center System and the Administration for Children and Families Region V. OEO funds $1.4 million of state allocated food shelf dollars to the state’s food shelves. It also funds the Emergency Food Assistance program (TEFAP) which includes allocation and distribution of USDA commodities to the state’s six America’s Second Harvest food banks. Hunger Solutions Minnesota administers both these programs on behalf of OEO. Partial support for the Hunger Partners Website comes from OEO. This website houses the statewide food shelf usage data collection site. Web Site: www.dhs.state.mn.us/CFS/OEO/default.htm

300+ Food Shelves

Food shelves provide food and personal care products at no cost to people in need throughout the entire state of Minnesota. They receive their food from donations, and low-fee purchases from the food banks. In 2007, Minnesota’s 300 food shelves distributed over 47 million pounds of food to those in need, making 1.9 million individual visits. Families and individuals use food shelves for a variety of reasons: high housing costs, lack of affordable child care, high energy bills, recent unemployment or underemployment, high cost of prescription medicine or other short term crises. 1 in 17 Minnesotans relies on a food shelf sometime in the course of a year. Web Site: www.mnhungerpartners.org

70+ Emergency Onsites

Emergency feeding programs, also called on-sites, hot meal programs or soup kitchens, serve the community by providing hot meals to low income people throughout the state of Minnesota. Their mission is to provide hot meals to hungry people in an atmosphere of dignity and hospitality.