We invest in and support child nutrition program access
Hunger Impact Partners brings a laser focus to leading initiatives that support high impact child nutrition programs available to food insecure children. Armed with in-depth knowledge in hunger relief, strong cross-sector partnerships, and nutrition program expertise, we are improving upon our track record of customizing community solutions designed to close the meal gap for low-income kids. We invest in and support child nutrition program access and utilization for all eligible children living at or below poverty. In turn, these efforts unlock corresponding federal reimbursement dollars that provide sustainability.
Always in collaboration with communities, schools, state agencies, non-profits, and businesses, we are a Collective Impact model of social innovation for sustainable large-scale change. Together we:
- Synthesize big data to drive strategies
- Design, test, and fund new child nutrition program delivery models
- Mobilize mutually reinforcing activities and resources within communities
- Catalyze best practices tailored to individual communities using the Child Nutrition Index
- Promote and encourage replication nationwide
OUR COLLECTIVE GOAL
Provide 15 million new meals to hungry Minnesota children and generate $20 million in sustainable reimbursement revenue to local communities.
OUR VISION FOOD FOR EVERY CHILD
Nutritious food for every food insecure Minnesota child.
Change the trajectory of hunger relief for Minnesota’s children living in urban, suburban, and rural economic hardship so they can realize their full potential.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE
Kids should only be hungry to learn.
Working to close the academic achievement gap for low income kids, we believe that nutrition is key to supporting their learning performance and health outcomes. In conjunction with our research and evaluation partner EnSearch, Inc., we created a proprietary analytics tool drawn from data sources at the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services. Our Child Nutrition Index allows Hunger Impact Partners and its stakeholders to target markets, numbers of eligible children and geographic locations with severe need across the state. It is the combination of rich data, localized problem-solving, and proven meal delivery model implementation that sets our work apart.
OUR STRATEGIC INTENT
Use data to bring laser focus on high-impact, child nutrition strategies for school breakfast, after-school meals, infant and toddler nutrition programs, daycare settings, and summer feeding.
OUR CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM TARGETS
1. HEALTHY FOOD FROM BIRTH TO FIVE – 10% INCREASE
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Meals: Food Voucher for Eligible Food
2. CHILD CARE CENTER MEALS — 20% INCREASE
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and Supper
3. SCHOOL BREAKFAST — 15% INCREASE
School Breakfast Program (SBP)
4. AFTER-SCHOOL MEALS – 30% INCREASE
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP At-Risk)
Meals: Snack and Supper
5. SUMMER MEALS – 20% INCREASE
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option
Meals: Free Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and Supper
HIP’S BURGEONING ADVOCACY PLATFORM
As we enter our fourth year of operation, HIP is widening its engagement in the public advocacy arena, a prescribed phase of a “Backbone Organization,” consistent with the “Collective Impact,” model of an effective nonprofit organization. Our state and federal public policy strategies include:
- An enrollment campaign in conjunction with advocating for state dollars in support of free and reduced-price meals application assistance for non-participating families.
- Joint application submission for federal funding to support a public-private partnership pilot program made possible through the federal Farm Bill Amendment authorizing $5 million for up to 10 projects.
- Reinstatement of an annual allocation in state funding for WIC to support program retention/fresh fruit and vegetable purchases.
- Tax-exempt designation for foods purchased by non-profits to support the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
- Legislation to align CACFP meal sponsor transfers of licensed Child Care Centers with Family Day Care Homes sponsor transfers.
COLLECTIVE IMPACT PARTNERS