Appetite For Change uses food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change in North Minneapolis. Through community-driven programming and a food-justice-minded approach, they are committed to using food access, employment training and support to bring equality and opportunity to North Minneapolis residents.
Appetite For Change (AFC) is a community-based, food-justice organization in North Minneapolis that uses food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change. Founders Michelle Horovitz, Latasha Powell and Princess Titus launched Appetite For Change with a series of shared meal and community dialogue events in 2012. Over 250 community members came together to talk about the changes they wanted to see in themselves and in their neighborhood.
The founders learned that North Minneapolis residents desire more urban farms and better access to fresh, local foods. These early conversations around the table became the framework for Community Cooks – a flagship AFC program – and continue to shape their programming today. Appetite For Change seeks to address the lack of jobs, real-food access, and community development opportunities for North Minneapolis residents. The founders hope that Appetite For Change becomes a catalyst for a North Minneapolis movement toward racial, economic and health equity.
The goal is to use their work to give every young person in North Minneapolis the opportunity to thrive, access food and quality jobs regardless of race, class or neighborhood.
Their programs include community cooking workshops, urban agriculture and organized food policy efforts. They train North Minneapolis youth in urban farming, food preparation and leadership, with a focus on providing direct career pathways to the foodservice industry. Appetite For Change also owns and operates Breaking Bread Café & Catering – a West Broadway fast-casual restaurant and social enterprise serving healthy, global comfort food – and Kindred Kitchen – a shared rental commissary kitchen and food business incubator.
In 2016, they released the Grow Food song and music video, created as a capstone summer project by youth interns participating in Appetite For Change’s Youth Training & Opportunity Program. AFC youth interns are emerging leaders in the food justice movement. Operating under the moniker “Urban Youth,” these young people are activists, artists (rap, spoken word, dance and theatre), aspiring chefs and entrepreneurs. Urban Youth wanted to share their message – the importance of actively choosing healthy foods – with their peers in a fun, accessible music format. At AFC, they believe that youth are the truth and hope the song inspires everyone to explore new ways to eat, cook and grow food.
AFC believes social enterprise and food systems development have the power to create jobs, build strong communities and reduce generational poverty. The goal is to use their work to give every young person in North Minneapolis the opportunity to thrive, access food and quality jobs regardless of race, class or neighborhood. Social enterprise comes in as the connecting thread between all of the programming they offer.
Social enterprise helps Appetite For Change nourish, employ and train North Minneapolis community members. Not only does Breaking Bread Café serve delicious, globally-inspired food, it also serves as a community gathering place and a career launchpad for North Minneapolis residents entering the food service industry. Their food business incubator (created in partnership with the Northside Economic Opportunity Network) supports North Minneapolis food entrepreneurs as they launch their own food truck, catering business or value-added-product line. These businesses will in turn grow the local food economy, and improve community food access.
…social enterprises offer a unique opportunity to help sustain our mission of growing equitable and local food systems led by thriving, connected communities
Joining SEA: Appetite for Change Co-founder and Executive Director Michelle Horovitz joined SEA as an individual out of an interest to learn more about social enterprise. When she realized the work AFC was doing fell under social enterprise, AFC joined as an organization. She appreciates the benefits of joining SEA that include connecting with others doing similar work and learning about what makes others successful, as well as what challenges they may face. Michelle shared:
“[SEA is] a great opportunity for networking and to learn more about what’s new in the field. Breaking Bread and Kindred Kitchen have become core programs of AFC, and, as social enterprises, offer a unique opportunity to help sustain our mission of growing equitable and local food systems led by thriving, connected communities.”
To learn more about Appetite For Change, Inc., check out their member directory profile.