FFEN Essentials Welcome to Hunger Relief 

Updated: Apr 26

Navigating the Sector for Sustained Community Impact


The hunger relief system is a vast evolving sector. Today's food shelf leaders, to consistently provide reliable, quality fresh food to Minnesota families and individuals, require a range of competencies and leadership agility to sustain a healthy organization capable of responding to emerging trends and community needs through analysis of current shopper data and behavior, practical ways to take immediate action in your food shelf following session, and adopting a shopper-centric perspective.


Welcome to Hunger Relief is an educational opportunity for food shelf leaders and stakeholders, offered monthly online as part of the FFEN Essentials education series. Live sessions are facilitated by hunger-relief educators on Zoom, giving participants a high-level look at Minnesota's hunger relief sector, current shopper insights and best practices in food shelf management.


Who Should Attend

If you work in or volunteer for a Hunger Relief organization or are just getting started as a food shelf manager, Welcome to Hunger Relief is for you. Additionally, this session is suited for onboarding new and transitioning food shelf staff, volunteers, board members.


The Benefits of Attending

Welcome to Hunger Relief is the only statewide, systems-level education program of its kind for food shelf professionals. Designed by experienced hunger-relief experts, this two-hour session emphasizes fundamental principles and strategies to help food shelf leaders increase their confidence by:

  • Gaining the necessary skills to integrate intelligent solutions in response to increasing demands and environmental complexity.

  • Reducing and eliminating the chaos and uncertainty at all operational levels.

  • Knowing where to expend resources and time to drive impact and community responsiveness.

  • Understanding how an evolving hunger relief landscape impacts organizational effectiveness and shoppers’ expectations.

  • Leveraging shopper insights to increase equity and measurable ROI.

  • Developing language to effectively articulate strategic goals informed by the shopper’s perspective.


2022 Session Schedule

You may register for any of the free sessions by clicking here.

  • May 12, 10am- noon

  • Tuesday, June 21, 3-5pm

  • Thursday, July 21st, 10am- noon

  • Tuesday, August 16th, 3-5pm

  • Thursday, September 15th, 10am- noon

  • Tuesday, October 18th, 3-5pm

  • Thursday, November 17th, 10am- noon

  • Tuesday, December 13th, 3-5pm


Content Overview

Welcome to Hunger Relief covers four main areas critical to driving food sourcing and operations decisions:

  • What Food Shelf Shoppers Want

  • What Food Sourcing Looks Like Today

  • What more Fresh Food Means

  • Your Support Team In Hunger Relief


Participatory Engagement

Welcome to Hunger Relief is designed to provide participants with an integrative, interactive learning experience that reinforces the concepts and information presented during the session. To gain the most from this experience, we recommend reducing any possible distractions, so you can fully engage and be present.


For More Information

To learn more about Welcome to Hunger Relief or other FFEN services, you may contact Jenny Moore, FFEN Program Coordinator.


FFEN Essentials Funders & Partners

Welcome to Hunger Relief is made possible with funding from MN DHS, OEO, TEFAP Program, and with support from University of MN Extension, SuperShelf, and input from food shelves and food banks around the state of Minnesota. Input from Minnesota food shelves and food banks has been critical for the development of this session and will continue to inform future iterations.



About FFEN

FFEN invests dollars and talent into the transformation and sustainability of local Minnesota food shelves.