Predictable, healthy food and welcoming experiences for all food shelf shoppers

A strength-based approach to efficient and effective hunger relief operations. Helping food shelves do better so that food insecure Minnesotans can do better.

With more than 375 food shelves serving over 3 million  Minnesotans, our state’s hunger relief system is vast, complex and ever-changing. FFEN understands the complexities and challenges faced by food shelves and other hunger relief organizations. Reshaping the hunger relief sector is at the core of FFEN’s work. And while there is no one-size-fits-all approach, we have invested in developing tailored services and solutions to meet the unique needs of food shelves and the communities they serve. Learn more about how FFEN is supporting Minnesota food shelves.

Food Shelf Services

Managing a food shelf is an art and science. We support food shelves to implement the most current best practices, through no-cost consultation and professional development opportunities.


FFEN engages skilled volunteers who share their expertise with the hunger relief sector, leveraging new solutions, skills, and additional capacity to improve local food access.


When you support FFEN, the impact you provide is exponentially greater than the dollar amount you give. Your contribution is an investment in local communities and improved food access and into the future.

FFEN’s impact

Our Reach


Food shelf connections (since 2013)


Food shelf shoppers reached (estimated annually)


Counties supported across Minnesota


Amount of each dollar going to programs

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Chris Roberts, Data Analysis Volunteer

Chris Roberts, Data Analysis Volunteer

Volunteer Name: Chris Roberts FFEN Volunteer Role: Data Analysis Current Professional Title: Data Scientist and Consultant How did you get involved with FFEN? I stumbled upon FFEN through the Minnesota Council for Nonprofits while looking for volunteer opportunities...

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The Evolution of Rock County Food Shelf

The Evolution of Rock County Food Shelf

Rock County Food Shelf in Luverne, Minnesota has continued to evolve to meet community needs since its founding. Originally created as a cupboard in 1983, it was expanded into a room in a church in 1998, and then became its own 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2015. In 2021, they...

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Minnesota Food Shelf Survey 2022

Minnesota Food Shelf Survey 2022

We’re excited to announce that the next statewide food shelf survey will be happening this year! The 2019 Minnesota Food Shelf Survey provided critical information from food shelf clients about their Top 5 Most Requested food items and most valued Client Experiences....

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