Ecolution Collective #1A: Food, produced by Minnesota Women's Press
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Co-Founder Princess Haley

"I personally think the formation of Appetite for Change was built on organizing principles, of hearing the often unheard voices, narrative shaping, and issue cutting. Our secret sauce is within the community, the people we serve, which started with primarily the Black community in North Minneapolis.

"Our model has connected our mission and vision with all shades of people around the world. We have had white youth in Rochester respond to our Grow Food Video and communicate their food insecurities. We have gone to Chile to participate in the Social Gastronomy Movement. This growth makes me feel hopeful about the work that can happen in the gardens, kitchens. and at the table." 

See Princess (Titus) Haley's TedX talk about her work with the land

Business Model:
Appetite for Change
North Minneapolis-based Appetite for Change (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.

Pre-COVID, AFC 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.

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.
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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