Each year Catholic Charities provides more than one million meals to people in need across the Twin Cities. We believe that all people deserve access to healthful food—and we believe that it is our moral obligation to serve more quality, nutritious meals to our clients. This approach also helps build a healthier Minnesota: when people have a balanced diet, they experience less adverse health effects (such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension), ultimately keeping healthcare costs down for all of us.
Catholic Charities and other partners helped develop “Food Justice”, a documentary which puts a face to hunger by capturing the stories and experiences of the people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity every day. It also highlights people at our partner agencies across the metro region who are working hard to provide more healthful food options. The documentary features three Catholic Charities chefs in action in our kitchens, including Chef Michael DeJong, Gregory Scott, and LaShonda Washington.
Food Justice was created through a partnership between Twin Cities PBS and Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, with additional funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Program–Minnesota Department of Health.