Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN)

A nonprofit organization

$60,239 Raised by 59 Donors

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$60,000 Goal

The Foundation For Essential Needs (FFEN) is reshaping the Minnesota Hunger Relief system to make food more accessible to Minnesotans experiencing food insecurity. Using our network of highly skilled volunteers, we invest in and work individually with food shelves across the state, helping to improve their financial and operational capacity so they can better and more sustainably serve their communities.

We use a personalized, consultative approach with each food shelf we partner with in order to best meet their needs. We match funding support with skilled volunteers to address challenges a food shelf is facing. Key areas of support, provided at no cost to food shelves, include:

  1. Food Source Analysis to improve quantity and healthfulness of the food.
  2. Layout and Design changes for efficiency and improved shopper (food shelf client) experience.
  3. One-on-One Support in navigating the changing hunger-relief system.
  4. Grant Writing Support to assist food shelves in the grant process for private (foundations), corporate or government funding.
  5. Educational Offerings for hunger relief partners and food shelf leaders to better understand the system and best practices to implement at their food shelves.

FFEN has partnered with more than 150 food shelves since 2020, increasing access to food, particularly fresh and healthy options, for Minnesotans across the state. Our impact includes: 

  1. Increased Food Access so shoppers are able to meet their food needs.
  2. Increased Fresh Food Availability for shoppers to have the healthy options they want.
  3. Improved Food Shelf Shopper Experience to provide a more welcoming, dignified process with ease of food selection. 
  4. Improved Organizational Health to be a sustainable, fiscally-sound resource to the community into the future. be a source that shoppers can predictably trust for their food options.

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Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN)

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Health Children & Family Community Volunteer Emergencies


701 North Third Street Suite 203
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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