Ranked Nonprofits: Local Access to Healthy Food 2012

"…the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world."-- Norman Borlaug
"…the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world."-- Norman Borlaug

The Cause: Did you know that two-thirds of the nation is overweight or obese? Supporting healthier eating habits and educating families and individuals about nutritious food choices are key components to fighting the obesity epidemic.

The Scope: Minnesota experts working in the field of access to healthy foods were asked to recommend high-impact nonprofits that work to increase healthy food access in the following ways: through the emergency food system (food banks, food, shelves, and meal programs), addressing geographic access issues in urban and rural food deserts, reforming the agricultural system to support farmers and healthy food production, school food programs that bring healthy food and related education to schools, and supporting farmers markets. These nonprofits might focus on different kinds of activities such as policy, research, advocacy, direct services, or education. Read more about the scope of the research here: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/blog/2012/02/21/nonprofit-research-on-access-to-healthy-food-in-minnesota/

This research was commissioned by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners for its free, bi-annual magazine, MNSights. The Minnesota Philanthropy Partners network includes The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and more than 1,700 additional charitable affiliates.

99 Local Access to Healthy Food experts recommended the following 15 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2012 Emergency Foodshelf Network, Inc. (EFN)
Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) in an innovative food bank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our changing communities.
2 Medal-small-2012 Second Harvest Heartland (SHH)
Second Harvest Heartland’s mission is to end hunger through community partnerships.
3 Medal-small-2012 University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.
4 Medal-small-2012 Hunger Solutions Minnesota
Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy.
5 Medal-small-2012 Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
6 Medal-small-2012 Gardening Matters
Gardening Matters grows the success and sustainability of community gardens by supporting the gardeners that make them happen. We connect gardeners with resources, training, and networking opportunities, provide public education, advocate for supportive community garden policies, and build community and regional collaboration for the Good Food movement, embracing home gardening and community gardening as a vital part of a diverse, community-based food system.
7 Medal-small-2012 Youth Farm
Youth Farm provides year-round, youth development programming for over 600 youths ages 9 – 24, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses. We build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food. Youth Farm and Market Project currently works in 5 neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis, and the West Side of St. Paul.
8 Medal-small-2012 NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Inc.
The Mission of NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center is to partner to create a healthier community.
9 Medal-small-2012 Minnesota Food Association
The mission of the Minnesota Food Association is to build a more sustainable food system. We seek to impact local food production, grow more sustainable food producers, and enhance their connections to markets and resources. We do our work in the St. Croix River Valley and the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota. Focus of Programs Providing education, training and technical assistance in sustainable farming, marketing, business planning, identification and use of resources. Building partnerships, with funding sources, government and university agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals to increase public awareness through communication, public events and farm visits. Marketing directly with consumers through operating a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and retail and wholesale accounts and connecting farmer trainees with their own markets.
10 Medal-small-2012 Land Stewardship Project
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.
11 Medal-small-2012 Neighborhood House
The Neighborhood House mission is to help people, families and organizations develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities, since 1897.
12 Medal-small-2012 Minnesota Project
The Minnesota Project champions the sustainable production and equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across Minnesota. Our programs are focused on the development, conservation and efficient use of renewable energy; farm practice and policy that promote profitable farms that protect and replenish the environment; and the production and consumption of local, sustainably grown foods. Through collaborative leadership we demonstrate practical solutions as a basis for future policy. For over twenty-nine years we have fostered local empowerment, bridged diverse interests, encouraged shared values, and initiated working dialogues that create positive action and policy.
13 Medal-small-2012 Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG)
Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. Since its inception, FLAG has provided an extensive array of legal services to financially distressed farmers and their advocates and attorneys nationwide. During the farm financial crisis of the 1980s, FLAG's work focused on credit issues. FLAG established a strong reputation as a national leader in protecting and preserving family farms. FLAG's work helped thousands of farmers weather that crisis and remain on their farms. Since that time, FLAG's work has broadened to include other issues of concern to family farmers and ranchers: sustainable agriculture, corporate concentration and vertical integration in the poultry and livestock industries, contract farming, race discrimination in USDA programs, accountability in government support programs, and legal help for farmers seeking to develop value-added enterprises. By providing legal education, backup support, impact litigation, and legislative and administrative technical assistance services to its client organizations, FLAG continues to play a key role in preserving the family farm system of agriculture in this country.
14 Medal-small-2012 Eagan Resource Center
The Eagan Resource Center exist to serve those in need and to eliminate hunger in Dakota County.
15 Medal-small-2012 Dream of Wild Health (Peta Wakan Tipi)
The mission of Dream of Wild Health is to promote health in the Native community by expanding knowledge of and access to healthy indigenous foods and medicines.

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