Midwest Food Connection is a leader in healthy youth development in the Twin Cities. We bring food education to students and their families — teaching hands-on lessons that empower youth to make healthy choices for their bodies, their communities, and the land.

Read our 2018-19 Annual Report to learn more!


  • HEALTH: We combat health problems at an early age by exciting youth about healthy eating. Through hands-on cooking, studying, and tasting fruits and vegetables, our students develop a love of real, whole, locally-grown foods.
  • ENVIRONMENT: We empower youth to take care of the earth. When growing their own food, learning about the impact of their choices on the environment, and visiting local farms, our students become good stewards of the environment. 
  • LIFE SKILLS: We equip youth with life skills such as cooking, gardening, shopping wisely, and thinking critically about food systems. Our students learn self-sufficiency and develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. 


Over the years major support from foundations, school PTA’s, and natural food cooperatives have provided a strong funding base for Midwest Food Connection. However, we need to grow our individual donor base in order to reach more schools. If you would like to support us via in-kind donations or through volunteer work, please contact us. We welcome your assistance in reaching more children with our food education programs.

Why I Serve on the MFC Board

By Tom Vogel, Valley Natural Foods Marketing Manager I first became aware of Midwest Food Connection (MFC) when I began working at Seward Co-op, in Minneapolis, nearly 12 years ago. At the time, I was relatively new to cooperatives, but I was drawn to them because of...

An impression from our January intern, Ora

Ora Hammel, 2019 This past January, I had the incredible opportunity to work with Midwest Food Connection (MFC). Part of my internship consisted of working alongside the MFC teachers who are visiting guest teachers at many different schools within the metro area. I...

Program Evaluation Internship Summary

Taylor Hanson, MFC Fall Program Evaluation Intern Sociology Major at Hamline University At Midwest Food Connection the ultimate goal is for students to retain as much knowledge as possible from our lessons with the hopes that they can apply this knowledge to their...

What we’re thankful for…

It’s that time of year! We at Midwest Food Connection incorporate thankfulness into our teaching whenever we can, asking students to think about the farmers who grew the food they’re about to taste and take a moment to silently give thanks. Today we’d like to take a...

Growing Good Caretakers

At Midwest Food Connection we inspire kids to eat well. On the surface that looks like preparing spring salads and wild rice in the classroom. Tasting global fruits and discovering new flavors. Hearing a story about grains around the world and learning about their...


Please contact us to find out how Midwest Food Connection can partner with your school to bring our food and gardening curriculum to your classroom. Click the link to learn more about our programs.

Our extensive curriculum covers topics from whole grains to local produce to immigrant cuisines. We have created elementary school lessons specifically for kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades, and offer a new middle school curriculum as well. Each lesson has been carefully polished through frequent use in a variety of classroom settings.

Midwest Food Connection has partnered with schools in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area since 1994. During the school year of 2016/7, we taught in 52 schools and taught over 750 individual lessons.