The Food Group works to address and shed light on food insecurity in our community.

KARE 11’s Sharon Yoo visited our New Hope, Minnesota, warehouse this week to bust some myths about our improving economy and the people who access our food pantry partners.

“We have crossed the three million visits a year statewide benchmark for eight years in a row,” The Food Group’s Director of Programs Sophia Lenarz-Coy told Yoo. “We are seeing very similar levels of usage at the height of the recession.”

Need is Still High
There are signs the economy is bouncing back. But, the need for food is still high. Nearly 1 in 10 households in Minnesota face food insecurity, according to Hunger Solutions. So, The Food Group and the services our partners provide are important as ever.

“It doesn’t show signs of slowing down in 2019, so this idea that there are lots of folks in our community not sure how to make ends meet and figure out where their next meal is coming from-the problem is real,” Lenarz-Coy said.

Watch the video above for the full interview. Read Kare 11’s story here.

About The Food Group
For more than 40 years, The Food Group has worked to provide good foods to those who need it most in our community. With a mission of fighting hunger and nourishing our community, we focus on local food access, equity, and nutrition issues related to food and hunger in more than 32 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Food Group works on both ends of the food system from production to distribution. Working towards building a better local food system for all, we focus on breaking down barriers to growing good food locally and breaking down barriers to getting good food to those who need it most.

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We’re a local nonprofit working at the intersection of equity and access to healthy, sustainable foods. From farming to distribution, we provide good food to those who need it most in 30 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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