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 food shelves across Minnesota.

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.

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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 gift is an investment in local communities and improved food access into the future.

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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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Meet Katie Bull, Director of Programs

Meet Katie Bull, Director of Programs

Katie Bull, Director of Programs joined FFEN in 2021 with 8 years of experience in hunger relief, first serving as Program Manager before assuming her current position as Director of Programs. Prior to her roles at FFEN, she was Food Resource Developer and Special...

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Meet Jasmine Anderson, Board Member

Meet Jasmine Anderson, Board Member

Jasmine Anderson, RD, brings a unique perspective to the FFEN board as both a registered dietitian with clinical expertise in nutrition and as a passionate community member committed to helping others. Her past roles in healthcare, in both inpatient and outpatient...

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Meet Jessica Rausch, Board Member

Meet Jessica Rausch, Board Member

As Director of Asset Management, RBC Global Asset Management Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, Jessica Rausch, MBA, brings more than 12 years of experience in asset management to FFEN’s Board of Directors. Her background in investment management systems...

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