Ecolution Collective #1A: Food, produced by Minnesota Women's Press
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Business Model:
Appetite for Change (AFC)
North Minneapolis-based AFC operates a youth program that runs an urban farm on seven sites, grows and harvests food, and distributes meals through fresh grocery boxes and recipe kits. It works largely with small local farms and farmers who are immigrants, Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Its weekly meal kits are free and include two recipes and local produce for 12 meals that are delivered to families.

AFC makes 1,000 meals on weekdays out of its Breaking Bread kitchen in North Minneapolis and Station 81 in St. Paul’s Union Depot. The pandemic has prohibited some of AFC’s other work, yet its central mission remains intact: to break down systemic barriers to healthy food.

Learn more, including AFC youth music videos, and a recipe for Mediterranean Brown Rice Bowl with Chickpeas & Feta
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Pre-COVID, Appetite for Change youth were selling hand-crafted salads at Twins games. Others have met legislators at the Capitol to talk about hunger. A recent program graduate started her own organic lip gloss and trendy eyelash company.

Taronda Richardson (above), Youth Training & Opportunities Program Manager, will talk about AFC's work at
Collective Action
Since the pandemic, AFC has been part of the Minnesota Central Kitchen partnership.

Problem
COVID = dozens of closed restaurants in the Twin Cities

Solution
Partner underemployed chefs and caterers with unused ingredients and local distributors

Result
Thousands of healthy meal kits for families impacted by food insecurity
Q&A: Food Security
1 in 8 Minnesotans
will experience food insecurity this month, including 112,000 children

— data from McKinsey & Co, collected on behalf of Second Harvest Heartland

What solutions have you seen around the state that are improving supply lines between healthy foods and those who need access?

Do you work with data or research that illuminates this issue?

Reach out to ecolution@womenspress.com with "food security" in the subject line.
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