2017 SEED Recipients
January: Kente Circle Training Institute
Kente Circle Training Institute trains hundreds of helping professionals each year to alleviate the effects of systemic racism in our clinics, schools and neighborhoods. Funds will be used to develop web-based trainings and increase outreach to young people.
February: Minneapolis MAD DADS
Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder (MAD DADS) stands up against gangs, drugs and crime in our communities. SEED funds will be used to fund community outreach that helps connect people to jobs, drug treatment, housing, healthcare and much more.
March: Isuroon Food Shelf
Isuroon is a nonprofit organization that envisions better health outcomes for Somali women. SEED funding will be used in support of a culturally specific food shelf that provides healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to any person in need.
April: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
MayDay is the biggest, most diverse celebration in South Minneapolis all year, and 50,000 people will gather for a parade down Bloomington Avenue into Powderhorn Park to celebrate the arrival of spring. One thousand community volunteers will start from scratch, for the 43rd year, to build the giant puppets, masks and floats for the parade while also building a common vision for our future.
May: Southside Community Health Services
Southside is a nonprofit, community clinic in South Minneapolis that has been providing affordable health services to anyone in need for more than 45 years. Southside staff transformed a vacant lot next to the clinic into a garden and is growing fresh, healthy food to give to patients through a new “prescription CSA” produce share program at the clinic.
June: Full Cycle Mobile Food Shelf
Full Cycle is a bike shop that helps put homeless youth on a path toward independence. SEED funding will create jobs for homeless youth and allow Full Cycle to expand their food delivery program by incorporating a mobile food shelf component that allows them to operate throughout the winter months. This expands youths’ access to healthy food and employment opportunities throughout the year.
July: Hmong American Farmers Association
The Hmong American Farmers Association supports Hmong farmers in creating profitable, sustainable agricultural businesses. SEED support helps provide healthy, fresh produce to more than 70,000 schoolchildren and tens of thousands of other neighbors in the Twin Cities region.
August: Sunshine Tree Child Development Center
Sunshine Tree Child Development Center is a safe, educational environment where children thrive and are equipped with tools to be successful and productive as they begin their life journey. The center is also a historic landmark on the 38th Street corridor, as the first childcare center solely owned and operated by an African American female in the city of Minneapolis.
September: Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf
The Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf provides healthy and culturally relevant food for the diverse Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The majority of cultural communities served are East African and Southeast Asian.
October: Nawayee Center School
Nawayee is an Ojibwe word that means “the center,” and for more than 40 years Center School has been a fixture in the Phillips neighborhood, the heart of the Minneapolis Native American community, by providing educational resources for students struggling in a traditional academic environment. Funds will help enhance Nawayee Center School’s nutrition program, which provides educational life skills on growing, accessing, preserving, sharing and eating healthy foods, with traditional Native ways.
November: Soup for You Café
Soup for You Café builds community and serves healthy soups (along with coffee, bread and treats) five days a week to anyone who comes in the door. Donations are accepted, but no money is required. More than 10,000 people were served this past year.
December: Sabathani Community Center Food Shelf
Sabathani provides food, clothing and housing to 26,000 neighborhood residents in South Minneapolis each year. They feed the chronically poor, those on disability or chemical dependent individuals, and families. Sabathani Community Center has been providing basic-needs services for nearly 50 years.