The Food Group recently awarded 19 grants totaling $90,000 to local food shelf and hunger relief orgs in Minnesota to build refrigerators, expanding freezer space, incorporating multi-lingual signage, and increase culturally familiar foods.
Founding Partner: Joyce Uptown Food Shelf
Before food shelves were a standard neighborhood resource, Joyce Uptown Food Shelf made its mark as a safe place for families to access food when they needed it most. As a founding partner of The Food Group, fifty-three years later, Joyce is busy as ever.
From Community Gardener to Entrepreneurial Farmer
Samuel and a friend delivering maize. I met Samuel Siso, owner of Gesima Obwororo Organic Vegetable Farm, several years ago in The Food Group’s community garden in front of our building in New Hope. Ever friendly and always smiling, Samuel is a gardener who I saw daily during the gardening season. Samuel was often washing […] Read more
Community Partner Spotlight: Minneapolis University Rotary Club
Volunteers with the Minneapolis University Rotary Club stock a food shelf. Carol Skulstad knew her community was suffering. With the pandemic in full swing, the social unrest following the murder of George Floyd erupted. These two life changing events collided to form an economic crisis that meant thousands of Minnesotans were affected by food insecurity. […] Read more
PIVOT FOR THE PEAK: The Essential Work and the Workers
When the COVID-19 pandemic caused shutdowns across the country, it never occurred to Kurt Schultz to not go into work. This year will be Schultz’s 20th year with The Food Group, delivering food to community partners. Even though he now has to drive alone, wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines; and even […] Read more