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Data-Driven Solutions to Close the Meal Gap

Data can be powerful and its value increases exponentially when combined with local expertise and community insights.


Roughly 40% of Minnesota’s 498,681 children from infants to age 18 are hungry and eligible for child nutrition programs.

167,805 infant and children from birth to 5

330,876 children ages 5 to 18


A conservative estimate suggests that child hunger costs Minnesota taxpayers $521 million annually.

$238 million in education costs

$283 million in healthcare costs.

Each of our strategic initiatives addresses underutilization of existing U.S. Department of Agriculture food programs. We know that available meals are not being served, depriving school kids of breakfast and afternoon meals. Infants, toddlers, and young children in daycare are receiving fractions of the food available to them. And we know that Minnesota is woefully inefficient in delivering food to kids during the summer months.

We make intensive use of data to identify significant opportunities to feed kids and draw down supportive fiscal reimbursements.

Our tool, the Child Nutrition Index, a proprietary analytic program for big data evaluation, developed for us by Dr. Stacey Stockdill and EnSearch, Inc. The Index uses data from Minnesota’s Departments of Human Services, Education, and Health to identify need, location, demographics, missing meals, meal participation rates, and revenue opportunities.


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