Our Mission: Fighting Hunger. Nourishing Our Community.
The Food Group began in 1976 as Emergency Foodshelf Network and was originally a coalition of twelve food shelves in Hennepin County. Officially incorporated as Emergency Foodshelf Network in 1986, we have grown into a full-service food bank with over 200 hunger relief partners statewide providing free food, access to bulk food purchasing, and formalized food drive programs. In 2014 we changed our name to The Food Group to better encompass the work that we do.
Throughout our 40-year history, we have worked with food shelves, meal providers and other organizations to provide access to free quality food and bulk food at or below wholesale prices.
As it became clear emergency food distribution could not be the only response to hunger, we worked with our community partners to develop supplemental hunger relief and nutrition programs such as Fare For All and Mobile Foodshelf.
We also offer food shelves free delivery, and outreach and advocacy opportunities. Unlike some food banks, we do not charge membership or handling fees to our network of hunger-relief programs.
Equity Values Statement
Equity is fundamental to our mission to fight hunger and nourish our community. Where we live, how much money we make, or the color of our skin currently influences access to healthy and culturally-appropriate foods. We must address the roots of these inequities so everyone in our community has the opportunity to live their best life. We believe in working with our community and organizations to improve food access and make systemic changes in hunger relief. To do so, we must include equity in all aspects of our work. We invite individuals from different abilities, ethnicities, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds to take part in and shape our work
Same Great Work with a Great New Name
Emergency Foodshelf Network changed its name to The Food Group in September 2014. After much consideration and thought our Board of Directors and staff embarked on a process to change our name. Emergency Foodshelf Network no longer describes the depth and breadth of what we do in the community. We provide food and other resources to our food shelf partners but we also have direct food access programs. The Food Group conveys both our values and our innovative programming.