Investing in developing innovative food shelf leaders ready to meet the evolving needs in their communities

FFEN Essentials Education Series

FFEN Essentials is the only statewide food shelf management curriculum of its kind for food shelf professionals.

No two food shelves are alike. And with limited professional development to support the success of new and transitioning leaders, many small, rural and urban food shelves, where the need is the greatest, aren’t utilzing best practices to increase effectiveness and efficiency. Presented online in real-time, content-rich modules ground participants in food sourcing, logistics, continuous process improvement, and nonprofit management best practices that position food shelf professionals to lead cultural change in their organizations and communities.

“This was awesome, huge thanks. I will be having my staff sign up for upcoming sessions! I have a board meeting in 15 minutes and this session just became a new agenda item for me to discuss with them.”

Dom Korbel
Executive Director of Community Pathways of Steele County

Welcome to Hunger Relief

Expand your knowledge of the hunger relief space, strengthen your community presence, and inspire staff, volunteers, and board members to new and different ways of thinking and behaving with FFEN Essentials: Welcome to Hunger Relief. Welcome to Hunger Relief is an introductory session for current and transitioning food shelf leaders, staff, and stakeholders (volunteers, board members). Welcome to Hunger Relief is a free program offered monthly via zoom.

Leadership Cohort

The daily demands of running a food shelf leave little time for planning, assessing operational effectiveness, or networking. FFEN Essentials: Leadership Cohort provides a dedicated space for Minnesota food shelf professionals to build relationships and learn with their peers in the field. Designed to spark collaboration and conversation in a supportive environment, the Leadership Cohort is an immersive experience offered annually. We recommend the cohort to food shelf leaders with a minimum of six months in their current operations role to sufficiently grasp the organization’s current climate and conditions.. 


Contact Kate Burggraff at to learn more about the Leadership Cohort.