Last fall, Wedge owners voted on how to allocate WedgeShare funds to various nonprofits throughout theTwin
Cities. Grants were awarded to The Aliveness Project, Appetite for Change, Compatible Technology
International, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Midtown Farmers Market, Open Arms of Minnesota, Shared Ground Farmers’
Cooperative, and Tree Trust. See below for an update from a few of these organizations.
So far in 2016, Open Arms of Minnesota has nourished
1,508 clients living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple
sclerosis and ALS, including 177 children and 196
caregivers. We have prepared and delivered 200,840
delicious, nutritious meals so far, 33% more than we had
in the first third of 2015. We are expanding our Open
Farms organic farming program to three urban
gardens this year, including two in Minneapolis and
one in St. Paul.
Tree Trust will employ 270 youth ages 14-21 this
summer as part of our Summer Youth Conservation
Corps Program. The program lasts for nine weeks, from
June through August, as youth work on environmentalimprovement projects across the city. This summer,
Minneapolis youth will be working on the Midtown
Greenway, Columbia Golf Course and a local park.
The Aliveness Project
So many exciting activities are happening this spring
and summer at The Aliveness Project, including: hiring
a new executive director; adding staff to our medical
case management, member services, and prevention
and outreach teams; expanding our integrative therapy
offerings; and exploring veggie-based ethnic dishes on
our menu with guest chefs from the community.
Appetite for change
Appetite for Change is springing into spring and excited
about the many things they have going on. In May, the
Youth Employment and Training program will launch its
second full season. Youth will be working in the gardens,
facilitating Community Cooks workshops, and even
working at Breaking Bread Café & Catering. City Pages
deemed Breaking Bread ‘Best Soul Food’ for 2016, and
the café will be opening on weekends in May as well as
welcoming the community to the sunlit patio. Stay tuned
to their Facebook page for details on weekends.