This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Midwest Food Connection (MFC) becoming incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. MFC was founded in 1993 by Mississippi Market Co-op and The Wedge Co-op as a community outreach initiative dedicated to educating youth about natural foods, local sustainable farming practices, and the cultural origins of our foods. Since 1996, the initiative has grown and flourished as a nonprofit that empowers elementary school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. In addition to Mississippi Market and The Wedge, the following natural foods stores currently provide significant financial support to support MFC – Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli, Valley Natural Foods, and Linden Hills Co-op.
Midwest Food Connection creates school lessons specifically for kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades. Each year they partner with over 50 schools in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro, reaching over 6,700 children.
Some of the schools in St. Paul that MFC has visited in the past include:
- Adams Spanish Immersion
- Capitol Hill
- Highland Catholic School
- Horace Mann
- JJ Hill Montessori
- Monroe/Linwood A+ School
- Museum Magnet
Their interactive curriculum focuses on:
- Providing children with opportunities to study and taste natural and organic foods.
- Creating an understanding in children of the origins and traditions of regionally produced foods.
- Teaching children about the methods and benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture.
- Organizing and leading field trips to local diversified farms.
This month, MFC is Mississippi Market’s November Positive Change recipient. Simply donate your 10¢ reusable bag credit or round up your purchases throughout the month of November to support MFC’s ongoing youth education work to make a greater impact on our community!
Thanks to Midwest Food Connection for all of their hard work inspiring kids to eat well over the years and congrats on 20 strong years!