About the Nutrition Program

Beginning in 2014, Youthprise took on an essential role as a hub for the Nutrition Program--- coordinating, recruiting, training and supporting programs to participate in serving snacks and meals year-round.  In 2017 we supported 45 Nutrition sites across the Twin Cities and served over 224,000 meals to over 3,800 youth. The Youthprise model is specifically designed to eliminate barriers to participation among small to mid-size organizations where there is a great need for assistance in providing meals. The Nutrition Program was sought out to initiate a sponsorship role in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that would allow small to medium size youth-serving organizations to reach free meals through federal meals program, thus allowing their money to be put back into program and staffing instead of food for their youth.

Our Nutrition Program is a part of our Health and Safety focus area. Our goal is to promote the health and safety of young people by meeting basic needs and holistically addressing health concerns that impact youth in our communities. When young people are out of school, they shouldn’t have to worry about where meals are coming from. Year-round meals can be provided to youth through trusted locations in the community, where youth are not only encouraged to participate in programming but also have the space to provide input into what is provided.

Our Growth Stats '15-'18


10 Nutrition Program Sites Established

67,000+ meals served!


23 Nutrition Program Sites Established

125,000+ meals served!


40 Nutrition Program Sites Established

223,000+ meals served!


52 Nutrition Program Sites Established

253,000+ meals served!

2019 Q1

52 Nutrition Program Sites Established

50,749+ meals served!

What Makes Us Different?

Young people are involved in all aspects of our work. Youthprise employs a youth Nutrition Intern to support sites and coordinate the program. Additionally, Youthprise equips sites with the tools to ensure that young people have opportunities not only to be served, but to lead

Youthprise works with local community partners who already have relationships with young people. Through these partnerships, Youthprise provides meals to youth in over 5 counties and looking to serve state-wide by 2020

Youthprise works with youth and local vendors to develop culturally-relevant menus that youth enjoy while still meeting the program requirements

Youthprise takes a holistic approach to nutrition. Through collaborative efforts with our partners we provide additional research, nutrition education, physical activity programming and agricultural education to provide a more holistically address food insecurity for Minnesota youth