The Food Group began in 1976 as Emergency Foodshelf Network and was originally a coalition of twelve food shelves in Hennepin County. Officially incorporated as Emergency Foodshelf Network in 1986, we have grown into a full service food bank with over 200 hunger relief partners statewide, providing free food, access to bulk food purchasing, and formalized food drive programs. In 2014 we changed our name to The Food Group to better encompass the work that we do.

Throughout our 38-year history, we have worked with food shelves, meal providers and other organizations to provide access to free quality food and bulk food at or below wholesale prices.

As it became clear emergency food distribution could not be the only response to hunger, we worked with our community partners to develop supplemental hunger relief and nutrition programs such as Fare For All and Mobile Foodshelf.

We also offer food shelves free delivery, and outreach and advocacy opportunities. Unlike some food banks, we do not charge membership or handling fees to our network of hunger relief programs. In 2012, we provided $9.5 million worth of food and services to our partners.

The Mission
The Food Group is an innovative food bank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our changing communities.

The Food Group focuses on innovative partnerships and programs to effectively fill gaps in service of hunger relief.

The Food Group distributes and promotes healthy foods and provides nutrition education to partners through an on-site registered dietitian.

The Food Group remains independent, ensuring local donations fill the local need.