Twin Cities Hunger Initiative


Please visit the new Minnesota Hunger Initiative website ( for more updated information.


To learn more about the TCHI and its partnering organizations, please download materials and visit links posted in this section. Executive Summary (pdf)



Twin Cities Hunger Initiative Partners

Goal 1 Work Group Action Session (pdf)
Goal 2 Work Group Action Session (pdf)
Goal 3 Work Group Action Session (pdf)
Emerging Themes from Action Sessions (pdf)


Catholic Charities LogoCatholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis strengthens families and works to end poverty and homelessness in the Twin Cities. With programs for children, families and adults most in need, Catholic Charities annually helps 37,000 people, regardless of faith. Programs include housing and emergency services, as well as family and children’s services for people most in need. Catholic Charities is a member of Catholic Charities USA, one of the largest private networks of social services providers in the country.

CEAP LogoCommunity Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) is a community-based, non-profit agency dedicated to providing information, referral, advocacy and assistance to low-income families and individuals, senior citizens and adults with disabilities. CEAP’s mission began as one of “social love.” CEAP’s current mission is to serve individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity.

Emergency Foodshelf LogoEmergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) is a full service food bank, providing quality, nutritious food and support services to over 200 hunger relief partners, including food shelves, on-site meal programs, and Fare For All sites, throughout the state. EFN’s mission is to be an innovative food bank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our changing communities. Partner agencies receive free donations from EFN, and accent what isn’t donated by purchasing basic staples at or below wholesale cost through EFN’s bulk purchasing program. Purchased items include rice, beans, stews, frozen chicken, eggs, hygiene products, and many others. EFN works hard to provide the best possible price to stretch budgets of partnering agencies.

Matter dark logoMatter (formerly Hope for the City) acquires corporate surplus and gets it to those in greatest need, who would otherwise have little or no access to such goods. Hope for the City was founded in 2000 because of the vision of Megan and Dennis Doyle. Where others saw corporate excess as a problem, they saw opportunity. They knew corporate surplus could have a life in the caring hands of the community-based non-profits they faithfully supported. Since its inception, Hope for the City has given more than $480 million in wholesale value of goods to organizations serving those in need, saving valuable resources from our landfills, and giving hope to people in need in our local communities and beyond.

Hunger Solutions LogoHunger Solutions is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. Hunger Solutions takes action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy. Hunger Solutions is also the author of “Keeping Food on the Table”, a quarterly review of the state of hunger in Minnesota. The review looks at food shelf usage, food stamps, federal commodities, suburban hunger and other factors contributing to the rising issue of hunger in Minnesota.

ICA LogoICA Foodshelf‘s mission is to offer hope as they provide assistance to our neighbors in need. ICA’s presence in communities makes our neighborhoods more stable and secure. Their vision is to uphold the dignity of our neighbors in need as they strive for self-sufficiency. To share the ongoing work of assisting our neighbors in partnership with the congregations, organizations, businesses and individuals in our communities. Today ICA is also supported by over 100 business partners and is also supported by civic organizations, schools and fraternal organizations. Our citizens and communities have embraced ICA’s mission and support has been evident during its entire 40 years of serving our neighbors in need.

Keystone Community Services LogoKeystone Community Services is a community-based human service organization in St. Paul, Minnesota, offering a variety of human service programs for all ages across our service area at multiple sites. Programs include three foodshelves and emergency assistance; a comprehensive Seniors Program that provides Meals on Wheels, peer counseling and programs for active seniors; case management for seniors, the disabled and at-risk families; and a support program for Hmong youth and their families.

Loaves & Fishes LogoLoaves & Fishes provides nutritious meals to the hungry of the Twin City Metro area in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest. Loaves & Fishes develops joint ventures/partnerships with like-minded organizations to assist guests with additional basic needs and to becoming self-sufficient. A Loaves & Fishes site provides access to additional social services as needed and appropriate. While continuing to fulfill a great need among homeless men, seniors, the unemployed and underemployed, they strive to make services especially welcoming to families and children.

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) helps people meet their basic needs by providing or administering health care coverage, economic assistance, and a variety of services for children, people with disabilities and older Minnesotans. DHS programs include Medical Assistance (MA), General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC), MinnesotaCare, Minnesota Family Investment Program (Minnesota’s version of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program), General Assistance (GA), child protection, child support enforcement, child welfare services, and services for people who are mentally ill, chemically dependent or have physical or developmental disabilities.

Minnesota Foodshare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort. Minnesota FoodShare organizes a statewide media campaign to promote food shelf donations. It produces and distributes free promotional and educational resources for food drive organizers. It acts as a clearinghouse for cash donations and distributes the funds to participating Minnesota food shelves. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota.

Neighborhood House is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual center with programs in basic needs, education and youth leadership. We are committed to the success of refugees, immigrants, youth and the neighborhoods we serve. Founded in 1897 on Saint Paul’s historic West Side, Neighborhood House has a long history of fulfilling the settlement house tradition of helping immigrants and low-income individuals integrate into society, connect with community and achieve a better quality of life. Their mission and vision are to help people, families and organizations develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Communities will embrace all people to create strong families and a bright future. Neighborhood House believes passionately that “we will do better when we all do better. We recognize that everybody has something to learn, something to teach, something to give and something to receive.”

Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit, social-service agency serving the Northern Dakota County communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale. Primarily through the service of volunteers, Neighbors provides emergency assistance and supportive assistance programs. Neighbors was established by local churches in 1972. With the help of its volunteers, Neighbors, Inc. will strive to reduce poverty,
promote self sufficiency, and build community.

Second Harvest Heartland works to reinvent hunger relief through leadership and innovation. As the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, its goal is not only to help our hungry neighbors today, but to provide the means for everyone to be fed tomorrow. Known for distributing great amounts of food quickly and efficiently; in 2010 alone, Second Harvest Heartland collected, warehoused and distributed nearly 60 million pounds of food—but they are also constantly pioneering ways to reduce waste and better use the abundant resources available in this land of plenty.

VEAP founders believed that helping a neighbor in need ultimately strengthens the community. VEAP has been operating under this principle for over 35 years, providing a range of services to help low-income people meet immediate needs and reach their long-term goal of stability. Today, VEAP serves the residents of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis utilizing a unique mix of professional and volunteer services.