Hunger Impact Partners

Hunger-Free KIDS Fund--Making Minnesota Kids Food Secure!

Kids should only be hungry to learn!

Together, let's change the trajectory of hunger-relief for Minnesota's children living in urban, suburban and rural economic hardship by 2022. Hunger Impact Partners is laser-focused on high impact child nutrition strategies for school breakfast, after schools meals, infant and child nutrition programs, and summer feeding programs. Supporting a strong network of statewide school and  community-based initiatives, we partner to close the meal gap for hungry kids because we know who they are, where they are and how to find them.  Working with community organizations, school districts, parents and licensed child care centers, we tailor solutions to make sure these kids get access to nutritious meals in their neighborhoods. Nutrition fuels learning and without it we won't see Minnesota's children realize their full potential. We can do this with your help.  

Hungry infants and young children:
  • experience delayed development, poorer attachment and learning difficulties in the first two years of life. 
  • are more likely to require hospitalization.  
  • are at higher risk for chronic health conditions, such as anemia and asthma.  
  • have more frequent instances of oral health problems.

Hungry school-age children:
  • are twice as likely to repeat a grade and more likely to have lower math and reading scores.  
  • are three times more likely to be suspended from school and often absent from or late to school.  
  • show a heightened propensity for having isolating or anti-social behaviors and a greater need for special education.
This is a problem we can solve.  Let's step up and make feeding low-income kids a priority. Together we can remove barriers, address stigma and improve access to nutritious food for every disadvantaged Minnesota child so we don't lose another generation to the consequences of food insecurity.

We innovate:  Summer Eats Minnesota Mobile App helps kids find free summer meals in Minnesota! 

The app, called Summer Eats Minnesota, is free at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Powered by GPS, it shows locations of summer food sites, their menus (as available) and days and hours of operation. Kids 18 and under can show up without prior signup for free meals at these open site locations, including park and recreation sites, community center, libraries and schools. The app shows the distance and directions to the nearest sites. Help us get the word out so kids can get the proper nutrition they need during the summer.
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