• Visit 2nd Harvest Heartland. the Food Group/Hunger Solutions, Feeding America and Loaves & Fishes.
  • Appeal to donors or increase fundraising efforts to increase funding for purchasing more food either from food bank or other sources.
  • CIS Wholesaler in Rogers
  • Independent grocers – these stores tend to not work with the food bank network (check with food bank first). Reaching out to them about food recovery (i.e. donating short-life foods) or reduced cost shopping.
  • SNAP outreach – Share information with families you serve about enrolling in SNAP so they can purchase their own foods. The food bank might be able to help with this as well.
  • Talk to other programs nearby – possibly get ideas for sources or ways to collaborate to do referrals and coordinate service hours so that better coverage is provided, i.e. can refer to other places with different service hours OR adjust service hours so that there’s better coverage to meet the community’s needs. May also be able to find other orgs that help with things like energy assistance, housing, etc. to do referrals so families can free up more dollars to buy food vs. paying bills.
  • Produce season – can gardeners donate, plant an extra row, glean from farmers markets, etc.?
  • Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN) – this is a longer-term solution but would help with sustainability, spending focus, etc.
  • Fare For All is a traveling grocery store that stops monthly at almost 40 distribution sites across the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. Families can stretch their food dollar by buying quality produce and meats at up to 40 percent off retail prices.
  • https://www.matter.ngo/what-we-do/matterbox/
  • Ruby’s Pantry
  • https://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/minnesota
  • https://nationalgleaningproject.org/gleaning-map/states/minnesota/?fwp_state=mn