Farmer Mario Alvarez is in his 3rd year at Big River Farms. He was a farmer in Guatemala and he and his family continue that tradition here in Minnesota, growing potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and a variety of corn from Guatemala that is used to make tortillas.

For Mario, family and land cannot be separated. He works on the farm with his wife and gets help from other family members.    

Mario likes to be in contact with the soil and the land. He wanted to learn organic agriculture because it produces healthier food and protects the soil at the same time.

Mario says his Mayan ancestors were stewards of seeds and he continues that special connection to seeds.

His produce is sold to The Food Group’s agency partners so that their food shelf customers have access to fresh, nutritious veggies. He also sells to the Minneapolis Public Schools. 

Where We Sell

We Value Nutritious Food
Working with our community partners, The Food Group buys, gleans, grows, and processes fresh produce.

Food Bank
or Food Shelf?
The Food Group is a food bank that supplies other hunger relief agencies with fresh produce, frozen meat, grocery staples, and other household necessities. Food shelves distribute free food to individuals and families in their local communities.

The Food Group believes in food equity. They believe in culturally specific foods. They believe in meeting people where they are at. And most of all, they believe in dignity.

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Did You Know?
Over 20% of Black households and 19% of Latinx households report food insecurity, compared to 10% of white households.

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We’re a nonprofit working at the intersection of equity and access to fresh, sustainable foods. From farming to distribution, we provide fresh food across MN and WI.

The Food Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. EIN 41-1246504 Contributions are tax-deductible to the full amount provided by the law.

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