About Our Partners
The Walk to End Hunger was formed as part of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative (formerly the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative), a collaboration of hunger relief organizations that have developed a definitive plan to eliminate hunger in the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota.
Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised over $1,200,000 to help support hunger relief organizations working to eliminate hunger in the state of Minnesota. 100% of the net proceeds of the Walk to End Hunger are distributed to our partner organizations listed below.
Family Pathways works with communites to develop supportive, caring relationships to help people meet their basic needs. This is done by offering a safety-net of essential services. Our services include Hunger Relief (Food Shelves, Mobile Food Truck, School Back Pack Program), The Refuge Network Domestic Abuse Programs and Shelter, Youth Programs and Teen Centers. We serve the communities of City of Forest Lake, MN ; Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties in Minnesota; and Polk County in Wisconsin.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. The organization distributes more than $1.7 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.
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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.
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Keystone Community Services is a community-based human service organization offering a variety of hunger services programs for all ages across our service area at multiple sites. Our programs include three foodshelves and emergency assistance; community education to support self-sufficiency; a comprehensive Seniors Program providing Meals on Wheels, peer counseling and programs for active seniors; case management for seniors, the disabled, and at-risk families; a support program for Hmong youth and their families; and Youth Express, an employment and youth development program that operates two social enterprises - Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing.
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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.
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Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of
seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to regularly providing healthy foods, caring volunteers provide social connection that helps meal recipients remain living independently in their own homes.
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.
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Neighbors, Inc. is a nonprofit social service agency providing emergency and supportive assistance to those living in northern Dakota County. Neighbors has various programs that focus on supporting families living in poverty, seniors, developmentally disabled adults, youth and more. In 2015, more than 1,800 volunteers helped Neighbors provide individuals with food, transportation, clothing, rent and assistance with other basic needs more than 103,000 times.
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Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation's largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations. Second Harvest Heartland provides an average of 75 percent of all food distributed by its food shelf partners, and in 2016, provided more than 80 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs serving 59 counties in MInnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information, visit 2harvest.org.
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The Food Group (formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network) began in 1976 as a coalition of food shelves
to create equal distribution and support among 12 member food shelves. Today, The Food Group 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. The Food Group's programs, together with its partners, provide year-round emergency and supplemental food to local communities.
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The Open Door is a hunger relief organization dedicated to ending local hunger through access to healthy food. The Open Doors serves almost 5,000 Dakota County residents each month through our fixed-site food shelf, The Mobile Pantry, the Mobile Lunchbox, and the Garden to Table Program, and distributes over 1 million pounds of food annually, 70% of which is fresh and/or perishable.
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.
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