Appetite for Change (AFC), a North Minneapolis, community-based food-justice organization, will relocate its headquarters from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church to the 1200 West Broadway Building, in North Minneapolis.
The building, owned by an affiliate of Catalyst Community Partners (Catalyst), is home to both for-profit and non-profit businesses alike, including Catalyst’s innovative and successful Kindred Kitchen, a community kitchen rental space for food trucks, caterers and wholesale product producers. Siblings Pol and Wendy Sorquist who created and currently operate Pashen, which produces healthy, delicious, super food snacks, manage Kindred Kitchen.
In a news release from Appetite for Change, Stuart Ackerberg, Founder and Chairman of Catalyst Community Partners, said “We are thrilled to have Appetite For Change not only as a tenant but as an operating business and service provider at our 1200 West Broadway Building. Socially, our interests are beautifully aligned and we are confident that Appetite For Change will take our Kindred Kitchen operation to new heights and even greater community participation. This is a natural fit between Catalyst and Appetite For Change. It is a great win for the community.”
Appetite For Change was started in 2011 by North Minneapolis residents under the leadership of Michelle Horovitz. AFC’s mission is to use food as a tool for building health, wealth and social change, and its vision for North Minneapolis is to be a healthy, vibrant and economically stable place where families thrive.
“As our youth at Appetite For Change always say: ‘West Broadway has so many places where you can get junk and fast food that the perception is that people over in North don’t want real food.’ That just isn’t true,” says Appetite For Change Co-Founder and Program manager Princess Titus. “We are excited to make this a destination for all people to come and break bread with us.”
The move into their new offices space was made possible in part from resident-led Northway Community Trust’s investment that helped build the Kindred Kitchen. AFC will not only headquarter their programming at the 1200 West Broadway space, but they will also be taking over the Kindred Kitchen as well as opening up a real-food cafe space, offering catering, take-out and delivery services later this summer.
Once fully operational, AFC will host Community Cooks workshops, create jobs in the cafe, and have a workforce development program that will train North Minneapolis youth and adults in culinary and restaurant management skills, as well as retail, customer service and other professional skills. The Kindred Kitchen facility will also be one that local, Northside urban farmers can use to process their produce for sale through AFC’s Fresh Corners network as well as at the West Broadway Farmer’s Market.
For more information about AFC visit the website www.appetiteforchangemn.org.
Photo: From humble beginnings sharing office space with Jordan Area Community Council, then a small space at St. Olaf Community Lutheran Church where Savion Barnett painted the logo on the wall, Appetite for Change moved this past weekend into 1200 West Broadway.