North Minneapolis nonprofit celebrates $1.5 million donation

A North Minneapolis nonprofit announced the largest donation in the organization’s 11-year history on Wednesday.

Appetite For Change co-founder and president Tasha Powell said the $1.5 million donation was a dream come true for the organization.

“We’ve spent the last year focusing on building infrastructure across the organization, so the timing is perfect,” Powell said in a press release, adding that the donor wishes to remain anonymous.

“This gift will take us to an even higher level of positive social change which is why we do what we do.”

The organization operates various programs, such as the Northside Fresh Coalition and the Metro Food Justice Network, aimed at creating sustainable local food systems in North Minneapolis.

On West Broadway, the nonprofit operates Breaking Bread Cafe & Catering and the local Farmer’s Market.

Other efforts to address food inequality include the nonprofit’s seven urban garden plots and the Community Cooks program, which delivers boxed meals to hundreds of households each week.

Station 81 Drink and Eatery in St. Paul’s historic Union Depot is another component of the organization, raising revenue for the nonprofit’s programming.

“We are beyond grateful for the trust and incredible generosity of this donor, and for the affirmation that the work of AFC is valued and appreciated, and that the organization has deserved this kind of investment,” said AFC Board Co-Chairs Darlynn Benjamin and Lee Friedman. said in a statement.

The Cargill Foundation, Philips Family Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, Polhad Family Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation are other significant sources of philanthropic support for the organization, which has grown significantly since 2019.

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