An interaction between two people at the bus door of the Twin Cities Mobile Market.

While hunger relief remains vital, our distribution of affordable groceries to communities that lack grocery stores is meeting an urgent need for a large segment of people who have some income for food, but no convenient way to shop for it.

The Twin Cities Mobile Market (TCMM) – currently located on two retrofitted city buses – delivers fresh, culturally connected, and affordable groceries to 23 sites in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Customers deeply value the access to affordable groceries that TCMM delivers.

Our buses are over 20 years old and ready to retire. Our labor-intensive system of restocking the bus is inefficient, unsustainable, and limits our potential to grow the impact of TCMM. But our customers depend on us to keep going.

The Food Group has identified the need to purchase two new, propane-powered school buses and add a drive-in area in our warehouse for indoor parking and more efficient loading/unloading. The total estimated cost is $1,705,000. As of August, we have about $440,000 remaining to reach our goal.

This project will ensure our ability to continue offering reliable service to our existing and future sites. This project will be greener and more sustainable, and most importantly, will increase access to healthy, affordable, and culturally familiar foods for households across our community.

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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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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