Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN) plays a unique role in the system, providing funding paired with no-cost consulting to food shelves so that they can serve their community more effectively and efficiently. Our relational approach utilizes skilled volunteers to support service and operational changes at both the local and system level. In addition, FFEN provides educational offerings to integrate more formalized professional development opportunities for food shelf leaders.

Mission: Reshaping the Minnesota Hunger Relief System.

Vision: A hunger relief system all shoppers trust to predictably offer healthy food options and a dignified experience.


  • We prioritize the food shelf shopper voice and experience in all of our work.
  • We take time to listen and build honest and reciprocal relationships.
  • We honor unique community context and seek to include additional perspectives and expertise.
  • We cultivate a spirit of abundance to foster creative solutions for local and system innovation.

FFEN is seeking up to four individuals to join our Board of Directors to provide leadership, fresh perspective and energy for the course ahead. As an organization, we believe that it is critical to our success going forward that our board includes a broad set of perspectives and experiences to influence our future.  Board Candidates should care deeply for equitable food access in the state of Minnesota and leveraging volunteer expertise to support local food shelves.  In addition to a commitment FFEN’s mission and vision, we are prioritizing the following to complement our current composition:

Perspectives, Experiences, Connections:

  • Residents of and/or close connections to Greater Minnesota
  • Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)
  • Individuals with previous experience on nonprofit boards
  • Individuals with lived experience accessing free food resources

Expertise Areas:

  • Human Resources 
  • Legal 
  • Fund Development

Time Commitment

  • A Board term is three years with a limit of four terms.
  • Board meetings (2 hours) are held six times a year, with some held virtually and some in-person.
  • Board members are expected to engage on one board committee with monthly meetings.
  • On average, a board role requires a commitment of 4 to 8 hours a month.

For more information on the organization and the role, visit FFEN’s website and review our current Board Member position description.

Interested individuals can submit a current resume and letter of intent describing why you would like to be considered for a position on the FFEN Board of Directors to by April 1st, 2023.
Questions? Contact FFEN’s Executive Director, Kate Burggraff, at or 952-913-0243.

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