Full Lives

Innovating to Build Food Equity

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

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.

  • 1in8

    1 in 8

    Greater Twin Cities residents are food insecure.
  • 1in3.3

    1 in 3

    Minnesotans have low retail access to healthy food.
  • 4x.2


    The rate at which Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and Other People of Color are more likely to experience poverty.

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

personal gardens
acres of fruit and vegetable gardens
residents learned how to cook
new food sector businesses
jobs created
in revenue

Food Security Stories and Resources


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.

Find out how we play the role of innovator throughout our work.

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