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Taste of the Vikings 2015

Join us on Monday, October 12th for the Taste of the Vikings. This year's event will feature specially prepared dishes from 20 of the top local restaurants along with complimentary pours of premium Gallo Wine. Meet current Vikings players, coaches, and alumni. Join us for the night to kick childhood hunger! Learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here >>

Minnesota Hunger Initiative

The Minnesota Hunger Initiative is a group of leaders with a common mission: to increase the effectiveness of the hunger relief system throughout Minnesota through collaboration.

In 2006 the Greater Twin Cities United Way convened a representative group of hunger relief agencies that worked together to develop a plan to address the problem of hunger with agreed upon strategies and measurements to track progress. This plan was introduced to the public in November 2007 as the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative and the group has worked to implement this plan since that time with increased participation and a broadening of goals and impacts.

Members of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative include hunger relief organizations (e.g., food shelves, meal programs and food banks, advocates), University of Minnesota, state government, corporations and faith based organizations with additional corporate and other members engaged in specific efforts as partners.

The Hunger Initiative steering committee has developed recommendations that included increasing enrollment of federal nutrition programs; acquiring new nutritious food, and increasing the capacity of food shelves, meal programs, nonprofit organizations and others to serve those in need throughout the state. The recommendations included a challenge to the greater community to unite in support of the goal to eliminate hunger.
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Minnesota Hunger Initiative

The Minnesota Hunger Initiative is a group of leaders with a common mission: to increase the effectiveness of the hunger relief system throughout Minnesota through collaboration.

In 2006 the Greater Twin Cities United Way convened a representative group of hunger relief agencies that worked together to develop a plan to address the problem of hunger with agreed upon strategies and measurements to track progress. This plan was introduced to the public in November 2007 as the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative and the group has worked to implement this plan since that time with increased participation and a broadening of goals and impacts.

Members of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative include hunger relief organizations (e.g., food shelves, meal programs and food banks, advocates), University of Minnesota, state government, corporations and faith based organizations with additional corporate and other members engaged in specific efforts as partners.

The Hunger Initiative steering committee has developed recommendations that included increasing enrollment of federal nutrition programs; acquiring new nutritious food, and increasing the capacity of food shelves, meal programs, nonprofit organizations and others to serve those in need throughout the state. The recommendations included a challenge to the greater community to unite in support of the goal to eliminate hunger.


For more information on Minnesota Hunger Initiative and how to get involved click here.


Minnesota FoodShare

For more than 30 years, Minnesota FoodShare has partnered with local food shelves to bring food to those in need in communities throughout the state. The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together hundreds of companies, civic groups, schools and congregations to help keep 300 food shelves statewide stocked throughout the year. This grassroots campaign is our most enduring program but far from our only effort to help the hungry.
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Minnesota FoodShare

For more than 30 years, Minnesota FoodShare has partnered with local food shelves to bring food to those in need in communities throughout the state. The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together hundreds of companies, civic groups, schools and congregations to help keep 300 food shelves statewide stocked throughout the year. This grassroots campaign is our most enduring program but far from our only effort to help the hungry.

Click here to learn more about Minnesota FoodShare and the different ways you can get involved. 



*Each week of the 2015-16 NFL season Taste of the NFL will feature a partner organization of Minnesota Hunger Initiative. The overall goal of Minnesota Hunger Initiative is to reduce and ultimately eliminate hunger in our community. Learn more here.

Taste of the Browns 2015

Join us on Monday, September 21st for the Taste of the Browns. Guests have the opportunity to mingle with Cleveland Browns celebrities while enjoying delicious tastings prepared by more than 25 of our areas best chefs & restaurants. We hope to see you there as we fight hunger in Northeast Ohio! Learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here >>

Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Join us on Wednesday, September 9th for the Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Meet Hall of Fame football players while enjoying dishes from some of the top local restaurants.  Help us in our efforts to kick hunger in the Akron-Canton community! Learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here >>

Panthers and Bonterra Host Dinner to Fight Hunger

This story, via Fox46 Charlotte -- The Carolina Panthers and Bonterra's Blake Hartwick teamed up to host a successful  "Taste of the Panthers" on June 1st. 

Click to watch the video.

First Annual Taste of the Broncos - June 16

Taste of the Broncos will feature tailgating, 30 participating Denver-area restaurants, a chance to mingle with current Bronco players, former players and cheerleaders and watch quarterback Peyton Manning serve as guest conductor for the Colorado Symphony. Learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here >>.

Kent Rathbun of Hosts 2015 Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium

Kent Rathbun (pictured at right with former Cowboy, Troy Aikman) hosted the first local Taste of the NFL event at his Dallas, TX restaurant, Abacus eleven years ago. This year and almost $2 million dollars later, Rathbun and the Dallas Cowboys moved the event called the "Ultimate Dallas Cowboys Tailgate Party" to AT&T Stadium to accommodate the 900 guests in attendance!  ...

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Kent Rathbun of Hosts 2015 Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium

Kent Rathbun (pictured at right with former Cowboy, Troy Aikman) hosted the first local Taste of the NFL event at his Dallas, TX restaurant, Abacus eleven years ago. This year and almost $2 million dollars later, Rathbun and the Dallas Cowboys moved the event called the "Ultimate Dallas Cowboys Tailgate Party" to AT&T Stadium to accommodate the 900 guests in attendance! 

Please read Kent's story here and see pictures of the event which was held on May 3rd. You can also read more from CultureMap Dallas here

Congratulations, Bobby Bell!

Taste of the NFL offers a big congratulations to Hall of Famer and long-time Taste of the NFL player representative Bobby Bell for earning his college degree from the University of Minnesota at age 74!  ...

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Congratulations, Bobby Bell!

Taste of the NFL offers a big congratulations to Hall of Famer and long-time Taste of the NFL player representative Bobby Bell for earning his college degree from the University of Minnesota at age 74! 

Please read more at the Star Tribune >>.


Seahawks and Patriots - Winners on and off the Field!

Not only did the Patriots and Seahawks battle one another in Super Bowl XLIX, but they also took the number one and two spots in the Kick Hunger Challenge – Taste of the NFL’s online fundraising competition that raises money for each of the food banks in NFL cities.  ...

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Seahawks and Patriots - Winners on and off the Field!

Not only did the Patriots and Seahawks battle one another in Super Bowl XLIX, but they also took the number one and two spots in the Kick Hunger Challenge – Taste of the NFL’s online fundraising competition that raises money for each of the food banks in NFL cities. 

While the Patriots took home Super Bowl rings, it was the Seahawks who won the Kick Hunger Challenge—raising an astounding $127,000 for the Food Lifeline food bank in their community (an additional $10,000 prize was awarded the Seahawks and Food Lifeline for placing first in the competition). The Patriots raised just shy of $60,000. 

The Seattle Seahawks duo of Chef John Howie (Seastar Restaurnt and Raw Bar) and Craig Terrill, former Seahawk (shown to the right) won the Kick Hunger Challenge for the third year in a row. Their efforts involved raffling off a Russell Wilson autographed jersey and holding a chili cook-off fundraiser. The money they raised will create 686,720 new meals to hungry people in Western Washington. 

The New England Patriots team is led by Chef Steve DiFillipo of Davio’s and former Patriot, Matt Light (show to the left). While Chef DiFillipo was disappointed to lose to Chef Howie and the Seahawks again, he noted that if losing means providing $60,000 (that's in excess of 450,000 meals!) to the Greater Boston Food Bank, “That’s a loss that I can handle.” 

Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge has so far raised $380,542. The competition ends on Friday, February 13th.

Please check back in August of 2015 when we launch the Kick Hunger Challenge 2015-2016 NFL Season!

Photo Credit - Tom Donoghue