About Our Organization
The Walk to End Hunger was formed as part of the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative, a collaboration of hunger relief partner agencies that have developed a definitive plan to eliminate hunger in the Twin Cities. The event benefits 12 agencies working to fight hunger in the Twin Cities metro area.
Catholic Charities serves those most in need, regardless of faith, as we call for justice in the community. More than 37,000 people are served annually through its programs which include food shelves, drop-in centers, emergency shelter, transitional/permanent supportive housing, adoption services, caregiver support, early childhood education, counseling, immigrant and refugee services, parenting/prenatal services and services for runaway and homeless youth. Click here to watch a video about Catholic Charities.
Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) began in 1976 as a coalition of food shelves to create equal distribution and support among 12 member food shelves. Today, EFN continues to grow as a full service, local and independent food bank, providing quality, nutritious food and support services to over 200 hunger relief organizations, including food shelves, on-site meal programs, subsidized housing and other hunger relief programs throughout the state. EFN’s programs, together with its partners, provide year-round emergency and supplemental food to local communities. Click here for a video about their work.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. The organization distributes more than $1.2 million in funding to food shelves across the state each year and obtains over 800,000 pounds of fresh produce for food shelves to distribute. The organization's Minnesota Food HelpLine helps connect low-income Minnesotans with programs that can help them get the food that they need. Click here for a video about their work.
ICA Food Shelf is a multi-service agency that offers hope as it provides assistance to its neighbors in the western suburbs. The organization upholds the dignity of its neighbors in need as they strive for self-sufficiency and shares this work with member congregations, organizations, businesses and individuals in their 7 communities. ICA’s belief is that its presence in makes their neighborhoods more stable and secure. Click here to watch a video about ICA food shelf.
Keystone Community Services is a community-based human service organization serving the Midway and North End areas of St. Paul, the north suburban communities of Ramsey County and beyond. Keystone Community Services operates a variety of human service programs for all ages across our service area at multiple sites. Our programs include three food shelves, crisis assistance, after school programs for at-risk school age children and youth, case management for seniors, the disabled and at-risk families, a comprehensive Seniors Program that provides Meals on Wheels, peer counseling and programs for active seniors. Click here for a video about their work.
Loaves and Fishes' mission is to provide nutritious meals to anyone who is hungry in the Twin Cities metro area in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest and develop joint venture/partnerships with like-minded social-service organizations who also assist guests with additional basic needs key to becoming self-sufficient. Click here for a video about their work.
Minnesota FoodShare has coordinated the March Campaign, the annual grassroots food and fund drive that provides more than half the food distributed by 300 food shelves throughout the state, for more than 30 years. Click here for a video about their work.
Neighbors, Inc. is a nonprofit social service agency providing emergency and supportive assistance to persons living in northern Dakota County. Neighbors has various programs that focus on supporting families living in poverty, seniors, developmentally disabled adults, youth, and more. Over 1,000 volunteers a year help make these programs possible. In 2011, Neighbors served 41,056 individuals with food, transportation, clothing, rent and assistance with other basic needs.
Second Harvest Heartland is the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger-relief organization, delivering 70 million pounds of food annually to 1,000 member agencies, including food shelves, soup kitchens and other programs. For each $50 donated, Second Harvest Heartland can distribute enough food for more than 180 meals to those in need. For more information, log on to 2harvest.org. Click here for a video about their work.
The Aliveness Project is a community drop-in center that provides on-site meals, food shelf, integrative therapies (massage, acupuncture, etc.), case management, educational seminars, holiday baskets, and other supportive services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Our mission is to encourage self-empowerment and provide direct services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Aliveness Project is located in South Minneapolis and serves one in four Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS each year. For more information, visit www.aliveness.org. Click here to watch a video about The Aliveness Project.
The Salvation Army is a leader in faith-based social services, serving families in crisis by providing basic needs, housing, rehabilitation, counseling, youth services and disaster relief. In the Twin Cities alone the Army serves more than 280,000 people a year, providing 2,500 hot meals a day and housing 950 people each night. For further information, visit www.salvationarmynorth.orgor call 651-746-3400.
VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) is a community supported non-profit serving people in crisis. VEAP operates the largest food shelf in Minnesota and also provide transportation, professional social services, financial assistance and special programs for children. VEAP serves Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and part of South Minneapolis thanks to thousands of volunteers. Click here for a video about their work.