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The Food Group, formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network

Fighting hunger. Nourishing our community.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 7/3/2014
8501 54th Avenue North
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-450-3860
Fax: 763-450-3899
Other Names Used EFN, Emergency Foodshelf Network
EIN 41-1246504
Principal Staff Lori Kratchmer,
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 26
Number of Volunteers 14,219
Donated Goods Accepts donated goods
Tags / Keywords Hunger
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 12
Board meetings with quorum 6
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 8.43
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
The Food Group remains committed to being an innovative food bank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of its ever changing communities. This previous year The Food Group increased the number of food shelf partners by 11%, and provided over 1.2 million pounds of donated food, valued at over $2.7 million to its partners. This was an increase of 37% over the pervious year. The Food Group is committed to remaining efficient and ultimately reducing organization costs with its utilization of volunteers. over 32,000 volunteer hours were complete, which is equivalent to 15 FTE staff members. This was an increase of 17% over the prior year. The Lost Harvest program rescued 190,648 pounds of retail quality, fresh fruits and vegetables and 86,089 pounds of fresh produce was purchased from local farmers through the Harvest for the Hungry program.
Current Goals
The Food Group has developed strategic goals that span from 2014-2016. These goals support the overall mission and work of The Food Group and include the following: 1. Strengthen individual donor engagement by establishing and communicating The Food Group's brand identity. 2. Establish The Food Group as the leader in increasing access to healthy foods in the emergency food system. 3. Focus programming efforts on innovative solutions that support both the hunger relief system and individuals directly. 4. Foster a culture of positive, high performing The Food Group team members.
Community or Constituency Served
Community level hunger relief organizations (food shelves, meal programs, etc.) and their low-income clients experiencing hunger.
Geographic Area Served
State of Minnesota
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $4,731,312 92%
Management: $187,268 3.6%
Fundraising: $222,954 4.3%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2015 2015 2014
End of Year: $0 $2,832,643 $0
Beginning of Year $0 $2,641,932 $0
Difference $0 $190,711 $0
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $0
Based on information provided on 2014 to 2015
From the Charity The Food Group, formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) began in 1976 as a coalition of food shelves to create equal distribution and support among 12 member food shelves. Today, The Food Group continues to grow as a full service food bank, providing quality, nutritious food and support services to 230+ hunger relief programs, including: food shelves, on-site meal programs, mobile food shelf sites at low income housing, and reduced cost grocery programs. The Food Group is the Twin Cities leader in distributing and advocating for nutritious and culturally appropriate foods. The Food Group is proud to meet and maintain the Accountability Standards of the Charities Review Council. Together, we are changing lives and bringing hope to the table. To learn more about The Food Group, please visit or call 763-450-3660.
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