Organization Mission and History
Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to end hunger in our state. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting programs and agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, building grassroots advocacy, and informing and educating critical stakeholders about the status of hunger in Minnesota.
Established in 2001 as the result of a merger between the Minnesota Food Bank Network and the Minnesota Food Shelf Association, Hunger Solutions Minnesota was formed to create an efficient link between nonprofit, state, and federal government agencies working to help Minnesotans who struggle with hunger.
As the only anti-hunger organization reaching every county in Minnesota, the core population we serve are those who qualify for food assistance living at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Line, and are in need of resources to feed themselves and their families.
Core Program Areas
SNAP Outreach - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program, supplementing the food budgets of low-income families so they can purchase food that meets their needs. Hunger Solutions' SNAP Outreach efforts connect families and individuals with food resources through our Minnesota Food HelpLine, SNAP Rx, and Market Bucks programs.
Building Food Shelf Capacity - As a membership organization for the nearly 300 food shelves across the state, we work to ensure food shelves have the resources, equipment, and support they need to keep their shelves stocked and lights on. We distribute yearly grants and offer emergency and equipment grant funding to help food shelves recover from natural disasters, and broken equipment or respond to a dramatic rise in community need. Last year, Minnesotans visiting food shelves statewide reached a historic high of 5.6 million, almost 2 million more than in 2021.
Advocacy - Hunger Solutions brings together diverse coalitions of anti-hunger advocates to collaborate on state and federal policy priorities to end hunger in the long term through meaningful public policy and systemic change.
For more information, visit Hunger Solutions' website at hungersolutions.org