The Food Group and Hunger Solutions Minnesota Join Forces (Volunteers)

Enhanced programs, broadened reach and deeper systems change. A new chapter in community food security begins.

The Food Group will be joining forces with Hunger Solutions Minnesota officially starting in March 2024. As a trusted long-time partner with complementary programs and a leader in anti-hunger public policy, Hunger Solutions Minnesota and The Food Group will be combining efforts as one organization.

As the hunger and food needs in our community continue to climb to unsustainable levels, joining forces strengthens our commitment to solutions that will create lasting impact and change into the future. Our hunger relief programs will be enhanced through the addition of Hunger Solutions’ Minnesota Food Help Line, Market Bucks program and statewide food shelf data collection and reporting on hunger trends.

This change will also establish Hunger Solutions’ advocacy efforts as a new branch of The Food Group’s work. Incorporating these programs and initiatives will further differentiate our work, broaden our focus to statewide impact and allow us to work more deeply on systems change through advocacy related to food, hunger and local foods.

The Food Group will remain a tax-exempt charitable organization under IRS section 501(c)(3) and will only engage in lobbying efforts that comply with our 501(c)(3) status. All volunteer opportunities will continue with potential new engagements through us joining forces. We will keep all of our locations, including our New Hope warehouse, our farm in Marine on Saint Croix and Hunger Solutions’ St. Paul office. All current programs of The Food Group will continue operating with Sophia Lenarz-Coy continuing on as our executive director. Hunger Solutions Minnesota will continue to exist as a subsidiary of The Food Group.

If you have any questions about the partnership, please feel free to reach out. We’d be more than happy to connect.

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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