Foundation for Essential Needs

Mission Statement

FFEN provides professional services and monetary support to Minnesota nonprofits to ensure that basic human needs are met in the communities they serve

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments 2017 was a terrific year for FFEN! As a direct result of volunteers and donor support,FFEN improved the operations and sustainability (providing more healthy food offerings at lower cost) of 18 food shelves that serve Minnesotans suffering from hunger insecurity. FFEN’s impact was felt throughout Minnesota in small rural communities like Northome and Mora, as well as in larger metro communities like the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis and the Rondo area of St. Paul. In addition to many successful client engagements, 2017 saw us rightsizing FFEN while sharpening our focus. We also deepened our relationships with key players in the world of poverty reduction and cultivated relationships with local funding partners.
Current Goals FFEN's work with MN food shelves will continue to focus on these priorities: 1. Infusing business best practices into food shelf processes; 2. Increasing fresh food access for food shelf clients; 3. Increasing food choice and predictability for food shelf clients. Our efforts in 2018 will strategically target rural and urban food shelves that are under-resourced relative to the need in their community. We anticipate working alongside over 25 food shelves to support their service transformation and sustainability to more effectively serve their community.
Community or Constituency Served FFEN serves food shelves and basic needs organizations throughout the state of Minnesota that provide emergency relief to low income populations in their communities.
Geographic Area Served FFEN serves basic needs organizations throughout the state of Minnesota and a few communities in Wisconsin.

Reports & Finances

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Organization Last Reviewed on 01/18/2019

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701 N. 3rd Street
Minneapolis , Minnesota 55401
Phone: 612-524-9360

General Information

Alternative Name: FFEN
EIN: 27-4342240
Principal Staff: Kate Burggraff
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 0.75
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 20 to 30 food shelves, annually
Ruling Year: 2010


Board Chair: Douglas Kohrs
Number of Board Members: 7
Board Meetings with Quorum: 5
Average Member Attendance: 5.8

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