Nonprofit Spotlight: Appetite for Change
How did your organization get formed and what does it stand for?
Appetite For Change (AFC) uses food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change in North Minneapolis. Our organization is community driven, food justice minded and committed to sustainability. Established in 2011, our programs and services are built directly on the needs and interests expressed by community members at our first shared meal events. Early dialogues around the table became the framework for Community Cooks, a flagship AFC program. Our founders Michelle Horovitz, Latasha Powell and Princess Titus share a commitment to AFC’s community driven organizational model. Together they envision Appetite For Change as the catalyst for a North Minneapolis movement toward racial, economic and health equity.
Where has your organization made the most impact?
Our organization has made the most impact in North Minneapolis, increasing access to real, healthy foods and improving the overall food system. After youth in our programs realized there were 37 fast food, convenience store, and gas station food options in the area, they wanted real for real people right in their community. This led to the opening of Breaking Bread, the first and still only, full service, sit down restaurant on Broadway Avenue. Serving healthy global comfort foods, the cafe has become not only a breakfast and lunch destination for the delicious food, but has truly become a gathering place for the community. Fresh produce locally grown in our urban gardens are featured on the menu, as well as sold at the West Broadway Farmers Market. It’s a full circle operation.
What is your organization most excited about?
We are in the process of launching our Adult training program where we provide culinary arts and food service management training that builds transferable skills for any career. The training program creates jobs, builds wealth and provides career pathways for North Minneapolis residents, many of whom face multiple barriers to employment. We are excited about how this training program will impact not only Northside residents but the Twin Cities restaurant industry as a whole.
How can one get involved and support your organization?
Can you share a story about your organization?
Our youth interns (ages 14-24) really provide the foundation for all of our programming. They help facilitate Community Cooks, tend to our nine urban garden plots, and staff the weekly West Broadway Farmers Market. Each year the youth complete a final project, and in 2016 they wrote and starred in the music video, Grow Food. A viral hit, Grow Food was an unexpected way to spread the message of healthy eating and equitable food systems.