BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The Walk to End Hunger was created in 2008 and has raised nearly $900,000 to support the work of 12 hunger relief organizations in the Twin Cities metro area and throughout Minnesota.
Be a hunger fighter and help end hunger in Minnesota. The Walk to End Hunger will be Thanksgiving morning, November 22, at the Mall of America. The Walk is a family-friendly event and registration is available online or at the event.
Can't make it to the Walk on Thanksgiving morning, there are still ways you can fight hunger in Minnesota.
- Make an online donation to Walk to End Hunger
- Call 651.989.KARE (5273) or 1.888.546.8811 between 9 a.m. - 12 noon on Thursday, November 22 to make a donation.
All of the net proceeds from the event are shared with the partner organizations, Aliveness Project, Catholic Charities, Emergency Foodshelf Network, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, ICA Foodshelf, Keystone Community Services, Loaves and Fishes, Minnesota FoodShare, Neighbors, Inc., Salvation Army, Second Harvest Heartland and VEAP.
Learn more about the ways each organization fights hunger in the community by reading more information or watching their spotlight video.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota
Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. Hunger Solutions Minnesota helps alleviate hunger by providing fresh produce, making emergency food referrals via the Minnesota Food HelpLine and by distributing grants so thousands of
school children can have access to much needed food in the summer. A donation to Hunger Solutions helps the thousands across Minnesota who don't have enough money to put food on the table. The HSM Minnesota Food HelpLine (1-888-711-1151) helps low-income Minnesotans find emergency food assistance in their area. Double Up and Walk with Hunger Solutions! AT&T has generously offered to match any funds that Hunger Solutions receives through the Walk to End Hunger hrough November 10th, up to $5,000!
Emergency Foodshelf Network
Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) began in 1976 as a coalition of food shelves to create equal distribution and support among 12 member food shelves. Today, EFN continues to grow as a full service, local and independent food bank, providing quality, nutritious food and support services to over 200 hunger relief organizations, including food shelves, on-site meal programs, subsidized housing and other hunger relief programs throughout the state. EFN's programs, together with its partners, provide year-round emergency and supplemental food to local communities.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a leader in faith-based social services, serving families in crisis by providing basic needs, housing, rehabilitation, counseling, youth services and disaster relief. In the Twin Cities alone the Army serves more than 280,000 people a year, providing 2,500 hot meals a day and housing 950 people each night. For further information, visit the Salvation Army's website or call 651-746-3400.
Keystone Community Services
Keystone Community Services is a community-based human service organization serving the Midway and North End areas of St. Paul, the north suburban communities of Ramsey County and beyond. Keystone Community Services operates a variety of human service programs for all ages across our service area at multiple sites. Their programs include three food shelves, crisis assistance, after school programs for at-risk school age children and youth, case management for seniors, the disabled and at-risk families, a comprehensive Seniors Program that provides Meals on Wheels, peer counseling and programs for active seniors.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves & Fishes' mission is to provide nutritious meals to anyone who is hungry in the Twin Cities metro area in an atmosphere of hospitality. They have established site locations where the need is greatest and developed joint venture/partnerships with like-minded social-service organizations who also assist guests with additional basic needs key to becoming self-sufficient.
Neighbors, Inc. is a nonprofit social service agency providing emergency and supportive assistance to persons living in northern Dakota County. Neighbors has various programs that focus on supporting families living in poverty, seniors, developmentally disabled adults, youth, and more. Over 1,000 volunteers a year help make these programs possible. In 2011, Neighbors served 41,056 individuals with food, transportation, clothing, rent and assistance with other basic needs.
The Aliveness Project
The Aliveness Project is a community drop-in center that provides on-site meals, food shelf, integrative therapies (massage, acupuncture, etc.), case management, educational seminars, holiday baskets, and other supportive services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Their mission is to encourage self-empowerment and provide direct services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Aliveness Project is located in South Minneapolis and serves one in four Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS each year.
For more than 30 years, Minnesota FoodShare has coordinated the March Campaign, the annual grassroots food and fund drive that provides more than half the food distributed by 300 food shelves throughout the state. The March Campaign is the only statewide effort where every dollar donated goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. GardenShare, our newest initiative, focuses on the growth and distribution of fresh, locally grown produce to area food shelves. This year for the first time, Minnesota FoodShare is also helping with coordination of several mini farmer's markets bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to Minneapolis neighborhoods. In addition, through advocacy on the local, state and national levels, Minnesota FoodShare continues to raise awareness about hunger issues and ensure the hungry have access to their most basic need.
Second Harvest Heartland
Second Harvest Heartland is the Upper Midwest's largest hunger-relief organization, delivering 70 million pounds of food annually to 1,000 member agencies, including food shelves, soup kitchens and other programs. For each $50 donated, Second Harvest Heartland can distribute enough food for more than 180 meals to those in need.
ICA Food Shelf
ICA Food Shelf is a multi-service agency that offers hope as it provides assistance to its neighbors in the western suburbs. The organization upholds the dignity of its neighbors in need as they strive for self-sufficiency and shares this work with member congregations, organizations, businesses and individuals in their 7 communities. ICA's belief is that its presence in makes their neighborhoods more stable and secure.
VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) is a community supported non-profit serving people in crisis. VEAP operates the largest food shelf in Minnesota and also provide transportation, professional social services, financial assistance and special programs for children. VEAP serves Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and part of South Minneapolis thanks to thousands of volunteers.
Catholic Charities serves those most in need, regardless of faith, as they call for justice in the community. More than 37,000 people are served annually through their programs including: food shelves, drop-in centers, emergency shelter, transitional/permanent supportive housing, adoption services, caregiver support, early childhood education, counseling, immigrant and refugee services, parenting/prenatal services and services for runaway and homeless youth.
The Walk to End Hunger will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, at Mall of America. It is a family friendly event from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
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