Office of Economic Opportunity

Helping Minnesota Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency

Emergency Food Programs

The Office of Economic Opportunity emergency food programs are delivered by community-based, advocacy organizations and food shelves around the state of Minnesota. The programs aim to provide food to low-income individuals and families through Minnesota Food Shelves, Soup Kitchens, and other on-site meal programs.

The food programs receive funding from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the State of Minnesota.

The programs work in collaboration with other community services to meet the immediate needs of Minnesota’s low-income residents. Food program participants are connected with other agencies to improve the long-term ability of families to meet their basic needs.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) distributes USDA commodity food to hundreds of emergency food shelves, soup kitchens, and other on-site meal programs throughout Minnesota.

Minnesota Food Shelf Program (MFSP)

The Minnesota Food Shelf Program (MFSP) distributes funds to local food shelves for the purchase of nutritious food, and to fund food shelf operating and administrative costs.

Minnesota Hunger Partners

The Minnesota Hunger Partners is a collaborative of statewide nonprofit organizations working together to end hunger in Minnesota while addressing its root cause, poverty.

For additional information contact: (651) 431-3821


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