Fiscal Year 2019

Organization Project Summary
4-Directions Development 4-Directions Development is an education and technical assistance provider located in Red Lake Nation. Through their Gitigaanike Food Initiative, they will expand their farmers market with the purchase of a mobile food truck. The project will bring nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate foods to three additional Red Lake communities and surrounding areas.
Chaska Market Chaska Market is a small, locally-owned, Hispanic grocery store which serves the Latino community of Chaska and the surrounding area. They will purchase an open produce cooler, meat and cheese case, and three-door freezer which will allow Chaska Market to stock, sell, and promote nutritious foods throughout the store.
Cimarron Farm Cimarron Farm is a half-acre community garden and market located in Lake Elmo. They will purchase equipment to create a mobile market stand to increase the distribution of sustainable produce and ease of access for communities in Washington County.
Country Store Country Store is a convenience store located in Cook. Country Store will purchase cooler and freezer equipment. These purchases will increase Country Store's ability to better serve the Cook community and surrounding area with much needed healthy food and dairy products.
Finland Co-op Finland Co-op, established in 1913, is a grocery co-op located in Finland. They will replace their current walk-in cooler and freezer, reducing produce waste, securing proper temperature control levels, and increasing the availability of nutritious foods.
Frogtown Farm Frogtown Farm is an urban demonstration farm located in St. Paul. Frogtown Farm will complete their on-site storage and outdoor market kitchen education space as well as the addition of market produce displays. The completion of these projects will increase the consumption of nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate foods in the Frogtown neighborhood and the surrounding community.
Inver Grove Super USA Inver Grove Super USA is a family-run convenience store located in Inver Grove Heights. They will purchase two freezers to store frozen fruits and vegetables, meats, fish and shellfish. These new freezers will replace two vendor provided coolers, which restrict products sold from them. By purchasing the two new freezers independently, Inver Grove Super USA will be able to provide healthy food products without vendor limitations.
KC's Country Market KC's Country Market is a small scale, family-owned grocery store located in Greenbush. KC's Country Market will purchase new and refurbished energy efficient refrigeration equipment which will allow them to provide a greater choice of nutritious and affordable foods.
Lange's Grocers Lange's Grocers is a locally-owned grocery store located in Mabel. Lange's Grocers will purchase cooler and freezer units to increase the amount of fresh produce they are able to offer, and help stimulate the local economy.
Thao Market Thao Market is a family-run grocery store located in St. Cloud. Thao Market will purchase a 4-door reach-in freezer which will allow them to provide more healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods.

Fiscal Year 2018

Organization Project Summary
Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute The Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute is a research, education, and advocacy group focused on restoring local food, ecological, and agricultural systems through Anishinaabe and Dakota culture and values. They will provide food to the Pine Point Elementary School, local consumers through a farm store and stand, local farmers markets, and regional gourmet chefs. A garage and old ice cream truck will be refurbished into farm store and mobile farm stand respectively.
Appetite for Change Appetite for Change is a grassroots social enterprise in North Minneapolis founded in 2011. Their mission includes using food as a tool for health and social change. They will purchase a generator to assist in the running of the West Broadway Farmer’s Market.
Clarkfield Family Foods Clarkfield Family Foods grocery store has been serving the Clarkfield community for nearly 60 years. They will replace open-faced two layer coolers with medium temp crystal enclosed door coolers. This will extend shelf life of produce, increase storage capabilities, and will allow for greater variety of produce to be sold.
D & R Grocery D & R Grocery is a family run grocery store that has been operating for 32 years in rural Oklee. For their GFAP project, D & R Grocery will replace a dairy condensing unit, a three door freezer, two glass door condensing units, and compressors. The replacement of this equipment is essential for the delivery of nutritious, affordable, and locally sourced food for the Oklee community.
Darrel’s Full Service Food Darrel’s Full Service Food is a small-scale full service grocery store located in Hoffman. Store owners are looking to expand the sales of healthier produce items for their predominantly elderly customers. They will purchase produce displays and open display coolers.
Fiza Halal Grocery Fiza Halal is a halal grocery store located in Rochester. The store sells common goods, as well as cultural food products unavailable in many grocery stores, including special seasonings, spices, and halal meats. They will upgrade refrigeration equipment, improve food displays, and improve the functionality and flow of the store.
KC’s Country Market KC’s Country Market is a small scale, family-owned grocery store located in Badger. KC’s Country Market will purchase front-end cooler to market ready-to-eat meals made in house. This will allow the market to offer a variety of nutritious foods to the surrounding community.
Knutson’s Grocery Knutson’s Grocery is a small grocer in the low-income rural town of Roosevelt. The store has been operating for over 100 years, and is one of the only grocery stores in the area. The store currently struggles with food waste and providing a wide enough variety of products for their customers. They will install a new meat and produce display cases, refrigerators, coolers, and freezers.
Lamecker’s General Store Lamecker’s is a locally owned and operated grocery and hardware store located in Kerkhoven. They will install an air exchanger, as well as more efficient freezers and coolers. These improvements will allow for greater quantity and variety of products to be sold, as well as creating a more efficient and environmentally friendly business.
Mike’s Butcher Shop Mike’s Butcher Shop is a locally owned classic meat market located in West Saint Paul. New owners are currently working to expand the variety of products available, including fruits and vegetables. Mike’s Butcher Shop will use their GFAP funds to purchase a new produce cooler.
Sam’s Mini Mart Sam’s Mini Mart has operated in South St. Paul since 2010. Currently they are undergoing an expansion which will double the store’s floor space. With their expanded store they will add two additional freezers and coolers which will house healthier food options for their customers.
The Food Group The Food Group is a non-profit food access organization focused on local hunger relief and increasing access to affordable, nutritious food. The Food Group runs the ‘Fare for All’ traveling grocery store program. They will expand the Fare for All program by increasing freezer capacity, adding additional site visits in underserved communities in the west metro area, and launching an online ordering system.
Wadena Farmers’ Market The Wadena Farmers’ Market has been providing the city of Wadena and surrounding communities with fresh, nutritious foods for over 30 years. Due to infrastructure and logistical issues, the market can no longer utilize the space they have used in the past for markets. The Wadena Farmers’ Market will be establishing a more secure and safe space for selling, as well as purchasing infrastructure to provide healthier foods at the market.
White Earth Band of Chippewa Tribe The White Earth Band of Chippewa Tribe is a Native Nation located in northwestern Minnesota. Members of the White Earth Chippewa reservation community have had issues selling and accessing fresh fruits and vegetables due to sparse populations and low product turnover. They will make improvements to their mobile market food truck, as well as expanding and improving storage and infrastructure of the White Earth Farmers’ Market.

Fiscal Year 2017

Organization Project Summary
Mini Market Lupita Mini Market Lupita is a female owned/operated full-service grocery store located in Worthington, MN. Mini Market Lupita focuses on providing culturally appropriate foods specifically for the local Hispanic/Latino, Southeast Asian, and Somali populations. For their GFAP grant project Mini Market Lupita will add refrigeration and freezer space. Mini Market Lupita will be working with the Nobles County Community Services to participate in the Corner Store Grocery Project. This project will focus on highlighting nutritious foods offered in grocery stores and providing education to employees and consumers about the benefits of nutritious foods.
Collier’s Supermarket Collier’s Supermarket is a family-owned full-service grocery store located in Saint James, MN. For their GFAP grant project Collier’s Supermarket will retrofit a produce case in order to offer more specific products such as fruits and vegetables.
Pierz Foods Pierz Foods is a husband and wife run full-service grocery store located in Pierz, MN. Pierz Foods offers a grocery delivery service to local seniors and community members who are unable to visit their store. For their GFAP project Pierz Foods will purchase coolers and shelves in hopes of increasing store capacity, with a focus on Minnesota grown products.
Our Community Food Projects Our Community Food Projects is a local non-profit based in Stillwater, MN. Our Community Food Projects has been developing a community operated market stand for the community of Landfall, MN – a suburb of Saint Paul. For their GFAP project Our Community Food Projects will build a refrigeration trailer to allow for transport assistance to be provided to farmers from Cimarron Farm and Gardens who will operate this market stand.
White Earth Nation White Earth Nation is a Native American tribal community located in White Earth, MN. For their GFAP project White Earth Nation will purchase a refrigeration truck to be used for the White Earth Mobile Market. In addition, they will purchase two vegetable display coolers for two separate convenience stores, Richwood Store in Richwood, MN and Chief Corner Store in Ponsford, MN.
Minnesota Halal Meat & Grocery Minnesota Halal Meat & Grocery is an ethnic food/grocery store located in Saint Cloud, MN. For their GFAP project Minnesota Halal Meat & Grocery would like to install a dairy cooler, walk-in freezer, a produce display, and additional shelving. The goal of this project is to provide more healthy and culturally appropriate foods to the Saint Cloud community and specifically the local Somali population.
McKinley Community McKinley Community is an urban farm that runs a community-supported-agriculture (CSA) operation, vends at a farmers’ market, and anticipates opening a retail location in Minneapolis, MN. McKinley Community leases four vacant lots in the McKinley neighborhood of Minneapolis to grow their produce. For their GFAP project McKinley Community plans to purchase and install new refrigeration equipment, cooler display shelving, and outdoor signage for promotion.
Lake Benton Grocery Lake Benton Grocery is a full-service grocery store run by a husband and wife team located in Lake Benton, MN. For their GFAP project Lake Benton Grocery will replace their current freezer with a more energy efficient model. The current freezer was installed in 1972 and has become a source of frustration for the store. The new freezer will allow for Lake Benton Grocery to reduce their energy costs and decrease freezer breakdown and potential product loss.