Each day several hundred pounds of produce, dairy, deli, meat, bakery and grocery items from 

 6 local retail partners is secured. This product is transported from the store right to the shelves at MEFS by a volunteer group of very dedicated men and women. 

By retail standards this food is considered un-sellable & destined for the dumpster for reasons such as blemish, damaged packaging, or nearing a best-by date. MEFS exercises additional efforts when processing food rescue items to ensure quality and food safety standards. When these standards are adheared to, thousands of pounds of food each year are saved from discard and consumed.


State & National Partners

The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger. Donors, staff, and volunteers all play an important role in our efforts to end hunger in the United States. 

MEFS works closely with Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) for  program administration support and food sourcing.

Participation in TEFAP and direct access to food inventory allows MEFS to maintain a fairly reliable grocery inventory.

Solving hunger in Minnesota requires a two-part approach — directly connecting hungry Minnesotans with food resources AND long-term advocacy. 

Hunger Solutions supports Minnesota’s food shelves and connects them with resources to serve clients including grant funding for specific food and program expenses. 

Hunger Solutions also provides support and resources to the  Market Bucks program and MN Food Helpline.

As a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), MEFS is connected to a network of 2,100 organizations that span all budget sizes, geographic regions and activity areas in the state. MCN draws upon the expertise and knowledge of this network to develop programs  and services that inform, promote, connect and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

Charities Review Council awarded MEFS the Smartgivers Seal of Approval again in 2018 indicating the agencies commitment to measure, build upon, and maintain internal policies and practices. The seal is a visual marker of nonprofit strength, and a great way for nonprofits to differentiate themselves, communicating their internal strength and impact to supporters.

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