The Minnesota Food Shelf Survey is seeking individuals to join the Advisory Council to provide strategic guidance for implementation of the surveys in Spring 2025.  The lead implementing agencies, University of Minnesota Extension and Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN), see this as an important body to ensure that the initiative is grounded in local and lived expertise as well as helping to inform a broader system and multi-sector view.

The Minnesota Food Shelf Surveys, implemented every three years across the state, provides a critical lens for the hunger relief sector by:

  • Centering hunger relief work on the voices of people experiencing food insecurity
  • Gathering data to inform system improvements and investments
  • Gathering data on real-time events that impact food insecurity

Members of the Advisory Council will provide strategic guidance and perspective on the process and implementation of the Minnesota Food Shelf Surveys to increase shopper/client and food shelf engagement.  The Advisory Council will also inform results dissemination to support action and additional investment across the hunger relief system.

The Minnesota Food Shelf Survey Advisory Council will be formed with up to 20 members who bring a broad perspective of professional and lived experience to this statewide initiative.  Priority is given to stakeholders that represent diverse perspectives, communities, and backgrounds to ensure that the survey can most effectively engage the broad set of individuals accessing food from and managing food shelves.

The Advisory Council will meet monthly via zoom on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3pm to 4pm.  Meetings will begin in March 2024 and continue through December 2025.  The target timeframe for survey data collection will be April to June 2025.

Click here for a full Advisory Council Member Position Description.

Individuals interested in participating in the Advisory Council should submit their interest by Friday, March 15th by completing this Advisory Council Application Form.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application form, please reach out to and someone will be in touch within one business day.

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