APPETITE FOR CHANGE, INC.

aka Appetite For Change, Breaking Bread Foods, Kindred Kitchen   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.afcmn.org

Mission

Appetite For Change uses food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change in North Minneapolis.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Tasha Powell

Main address

1200 West Broadway Avenue #250

Minneapolis, MN 55411 USA

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Formerly known as

Urban Baby Inc.

EIN

27-5112040

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food justice is the true opportunity to unlock cycles of generational poverty and oppression. Named one of the fifth largest food deserts in the country, North Minneapolis is under-represented in retail services and new development projects. In reality, our neighborhood is a food “swamp" where large amounts of energy-dense snack foods and fast foods vastly outnumber healthy food options. In 2013 AFC youth conducted a food-assessment along West Broadway Avenue, where they found 36 fast food, carryout, fried-food restaurants, or convenience stores.

The systems that perpetuate our inequitable food system include: lack of land access or permanency; statutes, ordinances and regulations that make urban agriculture less accessible for low-income residents and people of color; and limited resources to support equity within the existing food environment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Cooks

These workshops bring community members together to cook, eat, learn and discuss social change. We utilize a fee-for-service model that subsidizes workshops held in North Minneapolis. With former workshop participants working as facilitators for contracted groups, this program creates jobs for North Minneapolis adults and youth.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Our nine urban farm plots are tended by community members who learn to grow a variety of produce. These fresh fruits and vegetables supply our café and are sold to kitchen renters, corner stores, local vendors and at the West Broadway Farmers Market.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Through partnerships with Northside Fresh Coalition partners, we lead food justice policy and advocacy focused on leadership development, outreach and direct action.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

We provide facilitation, urban farming, culinary, community organizing and job readiness training for North Minneapolis youth. Our employment and leadership opportunities create jobs and develop youth and young adults into agents of change in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

This social enterprise increases healthy food access in North Minneapolis and creates jobs for individuals with barriers to employment. With a holistic training model combining culinary arts and food service management training with life skills and workforce readiness, our café serves as a professional launchpad for North Minneapolis residents.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

Our shared commissary kitchen is open to small food businesses in need of commercial space to launch or grow their operation. We also provide business training and workshops through a partnership with the Northside Economic Opportunity Network.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Holistic Vision | Our programs seek to improve the long-term holistic health of individuals and the community. This isn't a band-aid; we're healing our community and its members by reconnecting with vital food traditions, providing employment, supporting entrepreneurs, and facilitating important dialogue about social change. Appetite For Change strives for food justice, racial and economic equity through organizing efforts and food-based policy, systems and environmental change. AFC works in North Minneapolis neighborhoods that are most impacted by the disparities that our current food system perpetuates. We build collective power by increasing food access in the African American community and we work to build a food environment where any person can access the financial, social and health benefits from participating in the local food economy. Appetite For Change activates leaders within the North Minneapolis community through its job training and business incubation programs. Investing in tomorrow's community leaders is in an investment in our neighborhood and in our organization. Providing economic opportunities is essential to AFC's mission and its vision for the future of North Minneapolis. AFC's theory of change is based on our triple bottom line model and value proposition: food-based social enterprises will increase community food access, build health and wealth, create jobs, and motivate the next generation of social change leaders in North Minneapolis. Each of our social enterprises, programs and initiatives is specifically designed to build racial, economic and health equity for people of color in North Minneapolis.

Appetite For Change sets itself apart in the following three areas:
Community Led | AFC is authentically community based, with over 90% of our organization identifying as African American. We pride ourselves on our mantra of “foodship" which means a) community ownership, b) youth leadership and c) rethinking our relationship with food. We inspire others in the fields of social enterprise, food justice, hunger and youth development to be more intentionally grassroots.

Triple Bottom Line | AFC approaches social entrepreneurship with the following 3 priorities:
1) Socially Rooted: Our products and services all benefit the community. They are food-based tools that build equity and improve access to real food, self-determination, and strong relationships for Northsiders.
2) Socially Sourced: Our programs depend on Northside resources. We grow our own food and buy from local growers, increasing income for residents. We hire Northside staff, providing training and employment to improve our community.
3) Socially Cycled: The income generated from our social enterprise is invested back into organization; increasing food access and creating jobs in the community.

Appetite For Change's Executive Leadership Team includes Princess Titus, Latasha Powell, Darryl Lindsay, Lachelle Cunningham and Michelle Horovitz. The majority of AFC leaders are North Minneapolis residents, African American community members and have strong community ties. We are uniquely positioned to address the need for job training, employment and building social capital. AFC's youth leaders are also members of the African American community here, and so is the vast majority of AFC's staff and contractors. AFC has the capacity to improve North Minneapolis food equity not only due to the people on our team, but because of our experience with community-led programming that increases health, wealth and social change. Our programs and structure set us up for success, and provide human capital and resources necessary to achieve our goals.

In 2016, Appetite For Change:
Fed over 1,500 people at Community Cooks workshops
Engaged 48 youth in training and opportunities
Grew more than 9,000lbs of produce
Supported 34 small food businesses
Trained and employed 117 people across all social enterprise programs
From 2016 to 2017 Appetite For Change has increased its budget by about 30% and added 4 additional staff persons in the areas of development, communications, and programming. In early 2017 AFC launched the Northside Food Business Incubator in partnership with the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON). Our pilot cohort of participating North Minneapolis food businesses includes five food trucks. We continue to focus our efforts on serving the African American community in North Minneapolis.

With the addition of a dedicated development and communications staff person in August 2016 and a new online donation processing platform, AFC is increasing its individual donor cultivation efforts. In this short time we have seen an increase in individual donations of almost 50%. We met and exceeded an aggressive goal for the 2016 Give to the Max Day, with a significant number of first time donors. As donor relationships are built and strengthened, we anticipate even greater levels of engagement and support in the year to come.

In December 2016, AFC's music video “Grow Food" went viral. The song and music video were created as a capstone summer project by youth participating in our Youth Training & Opportunity Program. Garnering more than nine million online views and capturing the attention of news outlets, celebrities, chefs and good food enthusiasts across the country, the success of “Grow Food" has contributed to increased donations, grant awards and media coverage.Appetite For Change seeks to transform the Northside food environment with community-led solutions. We envision a multi-faceted expansion wherein AFC will develop: 1) multiple physical spaces for cooking, eating and community problem solving; 2) additional commercial kitchens where food entrepreneurs can incubate and operate; 3) food retail and restaurant options providing job training and career pathways; 4) a permanent food aggregation space with a year-round public market for Northside businesses and farmers, community space and a small scale grocer; and 5) statewide work in the Minnesota Food Charter Network led by the Northside Fresh Coalition.

AFC has taken concrete steps to achieve these goals. We're actively exploring the purchase and basement build-out of our current building to expand programming and maximize impact. We've partnered with the West Broadway Coalition on a feasibility study and business plan for a public market on the 1300 block of West Broadway. We're working with the Northside Economic Opportunity Network to use untapped commercial kitchens (ie. churches) for startup food businesses to incubate and generate revenue for the host organizations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Staff at AFC are reflective of the community we serve,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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APPETITE FOR CHANGE, INC.

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Art Berman

Harvey Rupert

Wells Fargo

Lester Royal

Tri Construction

Lauretta Dawolo-Towns

Roseville School District

Elizer Darris

Darris Consulting Group

Art Berman

Hamline Mitchell Law School

Brent Marmo

Agency Squid

Ari Tauer

Boston Consulting Group

Lee Friedman

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Trent Taher

Taher Foods

Joselynne Fynboh

General Mills

Darlynn Benjamin

Minneapolis Foundation

Mike Persic

Target Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data