Supporting our Northside food landscape

Mural by Charles Caldwell Photo by Rebecca Rabb for Meet Minneapolis

The north metro food landscape has changed dramatically in the past few months—three major food retailers in the area have permanently shut their doors to community. The Northside is a strong community with more than 70,000 families. At the end of April, residents in the north metro area have had only 2 full service grocery stores to access food.

Recent closures of stores with essential goods and food, like Aldi, Walgreens, and Walmart, worsen inequities for families in the north metro, an area long impacted by grocery flight, 3+ years of pandemic-induced strain, and systemic racism.

Families on the Northside now have fewer grocery options that are nearby and affordable. Pressure on our Northside food access partners to fill the gap is unprecedented.

With your support are able to provide our 15 northside partners with a total of $45,000 in free food credits to support rapidly growing community need. Every family should have access to nourishing food.

Learn more and support our Northside partners directly.

Did you know?

In North Minneapolis 77% of residents identify as people of color, compared to 22% statewide.

(MN Compass) This means Minnesotans of color in our community are disproportionately impacted by limited access to food in terms of lasting health, wellbeing, and hunger.

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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Learn from Last Year's Event
The 16th annual Emerging Farmers Conference was held virtually in January 2021. Check out the executive summary.

At Big River Farms, we believe everyone who wants to start a sustainable farm should have access to education, land, infrastructure, markets, resources, and connections to meet their goals.

Help raise awareness of hunger in our communities!

Media Inquiries
Contact Sophia or call 763-450-3860.

Cash Grants Are Welcome, Too
Contact Emily Eddy White about making a corporate or foundation gift to The Food Group or call 763-450-3868.

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

Are You a Fare For All Fan?
Share about your Fare For All stop! The more people who shop, the better the prices for everyone.

Equity and Nutrition
Learn more about The Food Group's mission and read our Equity Values Statement and Healthy Foods Policy.

Would your organization like to join our list of groups donating $5,000 or more? Email Laura Mirafuentes or call 763-450-4209.

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The Food Group

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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