Land Stewardship Project

The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a membership-based organization that aims to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop healthy communities. They’re dedicated to creating change in our food and farming system. LSP’s work has a broad and deep impact, from new farmer training and local organizing to federal policy and community-based food systems development.

LSP fosters a socially and racially equitable food economy by helping to develop and disseminate sustainable agricultural practices for a changing climate, getting more farmers on the land, and taking a stand against corporate control through policy organizing. LSP works to train and support early farmers through their Farm Beginnings Program. LSP promotes environmentally beneficial farming methods through their farmer-to-farmer Soil Builder’s Network, which brings farmers together to learn soil-healthy farming practices.

The Sheridan Story

The mission of The Sheridan Story is to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships. They provide food to children living in food insecurity and focus on the "food gaps"- the times students aren't at school to access the meal programs. They currently provide their food programs to over 7,000 children per week. The Sheridan Story’s Weekend Food Program provides five-pound bags of wholesome food each Friday to children utilizing school meal programs.

The Sheridan Story team sources an increasing variety of nutritious, substantive food - rather than single-serve or snack food items - to ensure the children and families served by the program are nourished in a robust and culturally appropriate way. This direct approach has allowed them to make a significant impact on child hunger in the Twin Cities.

Dream of Wild Health

Dream of Wild Health restores health and well-being in the Native American community by recovering cultural knowledge of and access to healthy indigenous food. They do this through farm production, providing educational programs for Native youth and families in gardening and creating opportunities for youth employment and leadership.  They own a 10-acre organic farm in Hugo, MN and maintain presence in the Phillips neighborhood.

Dream of Wild Health supports healthy food access through two farm markets, a 35-member CSA program, and donations. Their farm and programs serve over 5,500 people each year. They work with Native people to recover traditional relationships with indigenous plants and medicines through programs that engage youth and families directly with the Earth. Rebuilding this sacred relationship helps Native people reconnect with their culture, develop pride in their accomplishments, and improve physical and spiritual health.

Twin Cities Food Justice

Twin Cities Food Justice has been improving food insecure individuals’ access to fresh, nutritious food in Minneapolis since March 2016. TC Food Justice partners with coops, grocery stores, and farmers markets to redistribute their unsalable foods to local hunger relief organizations. They focus on providing vegetables, fruits, and nutrient-rich breads, as these fresh food options are often challenging for hunger relief organizations to consistently source for their clients.

TC Food Justice identifies businesses interested in donating rather than discarding excess produce, partners with nearby hunger relief organizations to plan weekly produce drop-offs, and coordinates volunteers to collect and deliver food by bike or car. All deliveries operate free of cost to donor and recipient organizations. In their efforts to reduce food waste, they have diverted more than 56,000 pounds of produce from being discarded.

Appetite For Change

Founded in 2011, Appetite For Change uses food to build health, wealth and social change. Their vision is a local, equitable food system that supports economic wealth and physical health for residents of North Minneapolis.

Appetite For Change advances Eastside Food Co-op’s priorities for food access and agriculture. Their programs include community cooking workshops focused on nutrition and connection. Youth and community members tend their seven urban garden plots and the produce they grow is sold through the West Broadway Farmer’s Market, which Appetite For Change operates. Produce is also used to prepare meals at Breaking Bread Café, their social enterprise restaurant that serves healthy meals and encourages community dialogue about food.

Open Arms of Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota grows, cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Founded in 1986, Open Arms believes that food is medicine, and their work matters to the health outcomes of neighbors facing a health crisis. With 7,300+ volunteers, they’ll serve 600,000+ medically-tailored, made- from-scratch meals this year to people living with life-threatening illnesses as well as their caregivers and dependent children.

While there are no income requirements to receive Open Arms’ service, 80% of their clients and their families live on incomes which fall 200% below the Federal Poverty Guideline and only 20% of Open Arms clients have private health insurance. Many of their clients are at a significant disadvantage to accessing nutritious, fresh food due to lack of nearby access to healthy, unprocessed foods and immobility caused by illness or age.

Sustainable Farming Association

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA) is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to sustainable production of our food and fiber that works to restore soil health and protect our air, land and water. SFA promotes the production and distribution of safe, healthy, nutritious food, supporting consumers, family farmers and the communities dependent upon them. SFA advances environmental stewardship, economic resilience and strong, diverse communities through farmer-to-farmer networking, education, demonstration and research.

SFA teaches farmers how to work with nature, not against it, to achieve their farm goals while producing nutritious food for Minnesota communities. Agriculture is always evolving, and SFA works to identify trends and ways farmers in Minnesota’s unique climate and ecosystems can also evolve to produce more food on smaller footprints while also providing farmers additional revenue streams.

Eastside Meals on Wheels

Eastside Meals on Wheels provides nutritious hot meals to isolated neighbors in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village. These hot meals ensure the safety and nutrition of clients who might otherwise struggle to get out to shop and cook complete meals themselves. Generous community volunteers deliver between 120-160 meals per day, with an average of 250 volunteer drivers per month – that’s more than 28,000 meals delivered to their neighbors each year.

Serving the community since 1973, Eastside Meals on Wheels ensures that isolated neighbors enjoy at least one healthy meal per day. Isolated neighbors, especially seniors, are healthier and remain independent longer with home delivered meals. Meals on Wheels recipients report fewer hospital visits and remain in their own homes much longer than isolated individuals who do not receive meals. Eastside Meals on Wheels supports and serves people in the community on low- or fixed-incomes.

Northeast Farmers Market

Dedicated to bringing local and organic food choices to the Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood since 2000, the Northeast Farmers Market adds to the livability of the neighborhood by providing a welcoming and accessible community market and gathering place. They contribute to the success of local growers and producers and foster sustainability in the Northeast community. The Northeast Farmers Market focuses on sustainability and building a zero-waste environment.

The market is a place to help build relationships with growers, meat producers, neighborhood associations and organizations. The Northeast Farmers Market makes quality food and experiences available to people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic positions. The market focuses on vendors that can bring healthy and locally made choices for Northeast, including activities for families, educational booths, and live music for a welcoming environment.

The Food Group

The Food Group's mission is: "Fighting Hunger. Nourishing our Community." The Food Group distributes fresh produce, healthy staples, and culturally specific foods to 185 local food shelf partners and, ultimately, community members experiencing hunger. Their land-based Farmer Education Program provides education in organic vegetable production for beginning farmers from historically underrepresented communities.

Funds will support The Food Group’s produce programming, which is designed to increase access to high-quality fresh produce for people experiencing food insecurity. Beginning farmers in the program learn to grow organic specialty crops and cover vital topics such as organic certification and record-keeping, business planning, and marketing. The Food Group staff is committed to ensuring every element of the program is welcoming, inclusive and supports farmers in achieving their goals.

Division of Indian Work

The mission of the Division of Indian Work (DIW) is to empower American Indian people through culturally-based education, advocacy, counseling, and leadership development.  Their programs work to nurture and guide youth, provide services to elders, and address hunger issues in our community.

Food insecurity is still a major disparity among urban American Indians that live in Hennepin County.  The Horizons Unlimited Food Shelf is the only culturally-relevant food shelf in the Powderhorn / Phillips area of Minneapolis. Horizons Unlimited provides food access to 3,000 individuals and families each year to help American Indians address the health disparities among this population that include high-blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.  DIW works with other community organizations around Minneapolis to help bring fresh fruits and vegetables and other Indigenous ingredients to help the community return to a diet that is healthy.

Fresh Energy

Fresh Energy's mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. For over 27 years, Fresh Energy has led Minnesota's transition to a clean energy future. They are strong stewards of environmental sustainability and support future-forward agricultural practices that honor our local community’s land, labor, and resources.

One example of Fresh Energy’s work in this area involves driving forward policies to replace gravel and/or monocrop lawn grass with pollinator habitat on ground-mounted solar sites. In 2016, they worked to establish the nation’s first statewide standard for vegetation on solar sites. Fresh Energy has also helped local beekeepers work with solar developers to place and manage beehives at pollinator-friendly solar arrays in Minnesota. The honey produced is extracted and sold locally, and even used as an ingredient in delicious craft beers and ciders.

Frogtown Farm

Frogtown Farm is a certified organic, urban demonstration farm – a destination for those seeking learning, innovation, reflection, celebration, and authentic community.  Frogtown Farm's mission is to enrich the world by cultivating soil and community. They are taking a former building and parking lot and transforming it into a vibrant oasis where residents experience improved health outcomes. Frogtown Farm is a unique green space and point of celebration for the neighborhood.

Frogtown Farm is a certified-organic urban demonstration farm that practices a permaculture approach, creating a regenerative system that builds soil rather than degrading it. The Farm grows organic produce with and for the Frogtown neighborhood. Frogtown Farm has harvested more than 10,00 pounds of produce that has been served to 2,600 residents. They host community celebration and market events once each month on-site and offer a workshare program for residents to receive produce.

Midwest Food Connection

Midwest Food Connection (MFC) educates young people about how food, and people’s relationship with it, can lead to healthier bodies and a more sustainable environment. MFC teaches in elementary school classrooms in Northeast Minneapolis. Central to their programming is practical and interactive teaching about food, nutrition, gardening, and cooking.

MFC is the premiere Twin Cities organization in food education for youth, with 20 years of experience and a well-developed curriculum that inspires children to make healthy choices. Gardening, farming and soil are an integral part of curriculum. Courses include Urban Gardening for Kids, where students start their own seedlings in the classroom, and Climate Change Cuisine, which covers topics such as soil degradation and organic farming. Food and the environment are closely intertwined, and they help youth to learn this.

North Country Food Alliance

North Country Food Alliance (NCFA) is a Minneapolis-based worker democracy transporting up to 30,000 lbs. of food each month between 28 partner organizations. They build and maintain community gardens and are currently developing a community meals program aimed at bringing food into the conversation about healing from trauma and lifestyle diseases. The mission of NCFA is to promote food justice by increasing access to healthy food.

NCFA increases food access by transporting fresh overstock produce and other groceries to shelters, food shelves, and soup kitchens. Their work diverts hundreds of thousands of pounds of viable veggies from landfills each year. They maintain a community garden in North Minneapolis, whose bounty is free to the community. NCFA is developing community meals programming, where community meals will be free, educational, and expose people to ideas about using food to improve their health.

Perspectives Inc

Funding will support Perspectives' Kids Cafe program which works with children and their parents to improve children's access to nutritious food, increase healthy food consumption and behaviors, and support learning and development. For 22 years, Kids Cafe has worked with multiple community partners to build a nourishing community that utilizes nutritious food and meals as a connecting point to strengthen community, educate, celebrate, and comfort homeless and at-risk children.

Kids Cafe is a licensed commercial kitchen/dining classroom. The program operates five days a week and 12 months a year. Over the past two years, the program served over 30,000 healthy snacks/meals to 244 homeless and at-risk children and their families who participate in our programs. In 2020, they anticipate providing over 160 children daily nutritious meals and nutritional education.

Spark-Y: Youth Action Labs

Spark-Y's mission is to empower youth through hands-on education rooted in sustainability and entrepreneurship. Through their innovative model, Spark-Y engages student-led projects that emphasize youth and community ownership. They operate their mission through three primary vehicles: school programs, an annual summer internship, and their urban agriculture lab. Spark-Y’s programs serve around 2,000 youth annually at 15 Twin Cities schools.

Spark-Y works at the nexus of sustainable agriculture, local food, and nutrition education, empowering youth to address environmental challenges. Spark-Y's programs work systemically to integrate youth voice into their sustainability projects. They enlist student ideas into the design, construction, and maintenance of various sustainable systems such as aquaponics, gardens, greenhouses, and vermicompost. Spark-Y is proud to lead impactful garden-to-cafeteria programs at partner high schools Edison and Roosevelt, with the support of community partners like Eastside Co-op to sell the youth-grown produce.


YouthLink has over 40 years of experience connecting young people ages 16-24 at-risk or experiencing homelessness with a community of resources and support. Whether it’s basic needs, like a hot shower or a warm meal, assistance with employment or educational goals, accessing mental and physical health resources, or finding supportive housing, they help young people at all stages of their journey. Youthlink’s mission is to support and empower young people on their journey to self-reliance.

Food access is incredibly important for young people experiencing homelessness. Very rarely do they have food readily available, especially healthy food. YouthLink provides young people with three hot meals a day, as well as access to their food pantry for anyone who may need it.