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Full Lives

Innovating to Build Food Equity

Supporting local innovative nonprofit partners, developing community resources and collectively building a local food system can solve neighborhood food insecurity in a sustainable way.

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Nourish Neighborhoods, Grow Communities

In the Greater Twin Cities, entire neighborhoods lack access to healthy, affordable food. The effects of these food injustices extend beyond households to a community’s educational, economic and health outcomes. By investing in proven initiatives that address hunger on a neighborhood level, we can get to the heart of the challenges and transform outcomes alongside whole communities.

1 in 8

Greater Twin Cities residents are food insecure

1 in 3

Minnesotans have low retail access to healthy food

3X

the rate at which Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and People of Color are more likely to experience poverty

“Without this program, some of us would never meet or connect — it teaches our community to come together and make things like the garden happen.”

– Lalah, Full Lives participant

The Role of Full Lives

Part food security innovation and part economic incubator, Full Lives is a place-based community grantmaking program that strives to not only increase access to healthy food but also increase revenue, create jobs and further nutritional knowledge in communities throughout the Greater Twin Cities.

Together with nonprofit leaders, we work to promote local agriculture, support entrepreneurs, foster new food businesses and farmers’ markets, and improve food access in neighborhoods of low-income and Communities of Color.

Our Impact to Date

14

new food sector businesses

12

acres of fruit and vegetable gardens

278

jobs created

$3.5M

in revenue

Dive Deeper into the Full Lives Work

The impact Full Lives has made on the community is sweeping, addressing many gaps in our region’s food system. To learn more about food insecurity issues in the Greater Twin Cities and how this work addresses these challenges, check out more information below.

Full Lives Impact Report

Full Lives Community Connection Series

The Case for Nourishing Communities

Stories About Full Lives

Nourishing Community: Equitable and Just Community Food Systems

Strengthening Community Food Systems

“People of color are suffering when it comes to accessing healthy food and we need to change that.”

Join Us as a Changemaker

Learn how you can support programs like Full Lives and other innovative solutions.

How We Innovate

Full Lives is just one part of the work Greater Twin Cities United Way does to develop innovative solutions to the challenges our communities face.

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