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How food shelves are responding to COVID-19

We’ve asked food shelves to change how they deliver services very quickly to maintain safety of their volunteers, staff, and customers. Many food shelves are implementing drive-up services to help maintain social distance while continuing to get food resources to people who need it. Last week, we visited Christian Cupboard Food Shelf to share with […]

5 ways to help food shelves during COVID-19

A lot of Minnesotans are asking how they can help members of their communities that struggle with hunger. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for how to help below. If you do plan to make a donation of food or household goods BE SURE TO CALL THE FOOD SHELF FIRST. Many food shelves are running […]

COVID-19 Information for Food Shelves

The COVID-19 pandemic that is ramping up in the U.S. is concerning for all of us. There is a lot we don’t know yet, but it is best to be prepared in case the disease accelerates here. Food shelves are a vital resource for the people they serve and we want to do what we […]

Renew Funding for Mobile Food Shelves

In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $2 million to fund mobile food shelves. These funds helped 35 food shelves start or expand their mobile food shelf programs. How do Mobile Food Shelves help people? Mobile Food Shelves are incredibly successful at helping food shelves reach people. They go where people already are and eliminate barriers […]

Renew Mobile Food Shelf Funding

In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $2 million in mobile food shelf funding. This funding, distributed under a contract with Hunger Solutions Minnesota through a competitive grant selection process, funded 35 grants to mobile food shelves across Minnesota. These funds helped food shelves start or expand their mobile food shelf programs. The funding was incredibly […]

Food Shelf Visits on Pace to Top 3 Million for Seventh Year 

Minnesotans made 1,487,810 visits to food shelves between January and June 2017. At this pace, Minnesota will record approximately 3 million food shelf visits this year — a number on track with food shelf usage rates during the aftermath of the recession. How do you get to over 3 million visits? If it were as […]

Emergency & Equipment Grants

Emergency & Equipment Grants help Minnesota food shelves recover from a natural disaster or respond to a dramatic rise need in their community. Some funding is available for one-time equipment purchases – like for a scale or fridge. Tell me more about the Emergency and Equipment Grant

Mobile Food Shelf Grants Awarded

Mobile food shelf programs increase access to nutritious food for individuals who experience barriers to accessing food from traditional food shelves. Mobile food shelves bring the food shelf directly to individuals who have mobility issues, disabilities, lack transportation or do not live near a bricks-and-mortar food shelf. In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $2 million […]

Minnesota Food HelpLine Webinar

Year after year, Minnesota’s anti-hunger and social services agencies do great work to serve the people in need of help in their communities.  Yet, organizations’ resources are stretched thin. Everyone is serving more people with fewer resources. The Minnesota Food HelpLine is a resource for organizations that need an easy way to find resources for […]

HSM focuses on emerging trend of mobile food shelves

We know that there is a service gap for food insecure Minnesotans that have mobility challenges.  Maybe they cannot drive or do not own a vehicle.  Perhaps they live in a remote area that is miles away from a food shelf.  A few progressive food shelves have begun to meet their hungry neighbors where they […]

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