Food Shelf Capacity

To end hunger in Minnesota we need a strong, responsive emergency food system. Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to build food shelf capacity so they are best able to meet the needs of their local communities.


Ending hunger requires public policy intervention and systemic change. Hunger Solutions is the anti-hunger community’s leading voice at the Minnesota legislature. We promote the good work of community food shelves, advocate publicly for additional food shelf funding, and support overarching policies that reduce poverty and break down barriers that prevent self-sufficiency.

Food Shelf Grant Funding

Hunger Solutions distributes more than $3 million per year in grants, ensuring food shelves have access to the funding they need to serve their communities. These grants include:

State Food Shelf Grant

Distributed to eligible food shelves in the spring and fall.

Apply for Grant (PDF)   Report Grant Spending (PDF)

(Food Shelves: Download and save the form to your computer before filling it out.)

Emergency and Equipment Grant

Emergency and equipment grants help 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.

Learn more about Emergency Grants

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Challenge Grant

Donations to participating food shelves in July are proportionately matched by Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. Last year, food shelves raised $1.5 million in food and funding to help end hunger in their communities.

Learn more     Grant Report Form

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

We partner with the federal and state government, food banks and food shelves to administer Minnesota’s TEFAP program which distributes nearly 11 million pounds of food to food shelves.

Learn more about TEFAP

Hunger Data

Hunger Solutions works with our partners to collect timely statistics on how many individuals are using food shelves. We analyze the trends, compile regular reports, create visual aids, and map hunger needs throughout Minnesota. We also track national hunger trends and share relevant reports and analysis with our partners.

We also offer a free Food Shelf Database for food shelves who need help tracking basic client statistics.

Go to the Hunger Data Center

Media Support

Hunger Solutions works to raise public awareness about hunger in Minnesota. Through press releases, letters to the editor, media interviews, targeted publicity campaigns, and a strong social media presence, we mobilize public support for hunger relief.

Community Connections

Through our contacts and networks of hunger partners at the state and national level, Hunger Solutions connects food shelves to resources for equipment and food distributors, cross-sector contacts in the agriculture and healthcare fields, and connections with local public officials. If a food shelf has a need, chances are we have a connection or partner to help.


Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a membership organization representing 250+ food shelves across the state. Members join our advocacy on behalf of food shelves, receive help with data and media support, and get connected to community groups working to end hunger in Minnesota. Members are invited to join in fundraising opportunities like the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge.

Join (PDF)

(Food Shelves: Download and save the form to your computer before filling it out.)

Easy ways to help!

1 Donate
2 Sign up
3 Advocate