This week kicks off National Volunteer Week and we couldn’t be more grateful for the individuals who have bravely stepped up this past year to ensure our essential work never stopped.

Best Buy volunteer, Amanda, assembling Mini Meats packages for our Fare for All program.

It has been heartwarming to see volunteers engaging with efforts to feed their neighbors throughout the pandemic this past year.  Prior to COVID-19 most all the food packing work done by volunteers in our warehouse was completed by groups; corporate, schools, teams, church, etc. Once the pandemic hit these groups almost completely went away.  In their place we began welcoming individuals in smaller groups to be as safe as possible.  As many as 12 groups a week worked throughout the weeks to meet the tremendous demand for food. 

The New Hope warehouse received a contribution of 8,391 volunteer hours since this past April. That is the equivalent of $228,235 worth of effort.  These volunteers packed an astounding 1,842,366 pounds of food! That means over 51,000 local families were provided a three day supply of food.

In addition to the warehouse, volunteers helped at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings throughout the summer months. This weekend market provides an opportunity for volunteers to rescue food grown by local farmers that goes unsold and prevent it from becoming waste.

Our Fare For All volunteers adapted to a new drive-through model of food distribution, aiding shoppers purchasing affordable, healthy foods.

A volunteer at our New Hope Fare for All drive through sale loads up a shopper’s car with their purchase.

We’re thankful for the many volunteers who are essential for us to meet our mission of fighting hunger and nourishing our community.

If you’d like to make a difference in your community, join us for a volunteer shift! Learn more and sign up here.

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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