Our Partner: Emergency Foodshelf Network
Farm Partners: Minnesota Area Farms and Food Shelves
Impact to date:
FINNEGANS has helped initiate and fund 6 new farm and 6 new food shelf partnerships in 2011 and in 2012 4 new farm partnerships have been established to enable even more fresh, local produce to be donated to food shelves across the state. To learn more about where these farms are and which food shelf they work with read the Farm Partners page. through EFN’s Harvest for the Hungry Program.
FINNEGANS support for Harvest for the Hungry enabled the donation of 61,290 lbs of fresh produce to food shelves in 2011 and a record setting 110,189 lbs of fresh produce in 2012.
Hunger in Minnesota
In Minnesota around 491,000 people are experiencing poverty. Of this shocking number, 15% are children 18 years old and younger. That’s around 73,650 children under 18 experiencing poverty. Every year, these low-income Minnesotans miss a staggering 100 million meals – these people make up 1 in 10 of neighbors. In 2010, 14% of Minnesota households didn’t have enough money to buy food, and of those that used food shelves, 47% of adults and 14% of children skip meals because there is not enough food at home. This same year, were 3 million food shelf visits statewide and 63 million pounds of food were distributed to Minnesota families. Of the individuals helped, half of them are children.