Foundation for Essential Needs

FFEN undermines hunger in Minnesota

The Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN) works every day to fight hunger, an unmet need in Minnesota.

  • One in nine Minnesotans faced hunger in 2016, causing them to turn to community food shelves during a crisis.
  • Resources for people in poverty can be fragmented and difficult to access. The staff and volunteers who run food shelves are not always aware of other avenues of assistance available for clients.
  • Small community food shelves are mostly focused on the daily work of providing food. Strategic planning for their organizations can sometimes take a back seat to meeting the immediate needs of clients.

Food shelves are often the first place a family turns when experiencing crisis. They can offer food immediately and can also be the first step toward stability.

FFEN bridges the gap between people in need and available resources in their communities. FFEN's unique grants combine monetary support and a robust team of experts who analyze and solve problems. This allows food shelves to simultaneously meet the immediate needs of clients and enhance their own long-term stability.

This year, donations to FFEN on Give to the Max Day will be matched dollar-for-dollar, which means your gift to FFEN will go twice as far! Thank you to our generous match funders:
  • Alerus
  • Bame Foundation
  • Killian Reider & Jeff Julkowski
  • Stephen & Adrienne Oesterle

Help us undermine hunger throughout Minnesota — your donation makes a difference!

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