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We invest in and support child nutrition program access


Since 2015, we’ve been changing the trajectory of child hunger in Minnesota.

For example, our initiatives in 2023 expanded and increased access to programs designed to close the meal gap among Women, Infant and Children (WIC) families.

Our initiatives are designed to broaden use of under-utilized federal child nutrition programs.

Some of our other efforts in 2023:

  • Funded nutrition infrastructure projects in five school districts and nine community-based non- profits.
  • Supported 15 childcare centers with tech support, record-keeping resources and staffing to increase the number of meals served.
  • Supported outreach efforts to promote after-
    school meal program participation.
  • Developed a compliance curriculum for new sponsors adding 18 new after-school sites, where 21,500 additional meals were served to.

There was so much more in 2023, which can be found in this letter from our CEO, and in our annual report.

In conjunction with our research and evaluation partner EnSearch, Inc., we created the Child Nutrition Index, a proprietary analytics tool drawn from data sources at the Minnesota departments of Education, and Health and Human Services.

Armed with this knowledge, we use and share our proprietary data to keep improving our track record of closing the meal gap for hungry kids from birth to age 18.

Nutritious food for every food insecure Minnesota child.


To help children grow, develop and focus on learning, rather than hunger, so they can reach their full potential.

Guiding Principle:
Kids should only be hungry to learn.


We increase access to nutritious food for Minnesota children who are struggling with food insecurity.

We drive systemic and sustainable growth in targeted meal programs to reach all eligible kids.


  • We help draft policy proposals for the Minnesota legislature to invest in child hunger fighting organizations, site expansion and structural improvements.
  • We track progress to refine, scale, and replicate successful tactics for all hungry children.
  • We synthesize the data and update our results quarterly.
  • We support a strong network of statewide, community-based initiatives and partners.

Board of Directors and Advisors
Annual Reports

Diversity and Inclusion

Disclosure documents 
IRS 501c3 Exempt Status

Hunger-Free Minnesota
It began in 2011

Presentations and videos from our 2022 conference on community building for children.


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