Appetite for Change

Appetite for Change

Received 501c3 in 2011

“Between February and May of 2012 Appetite for Change hosted eight events in its pilot Community Cooks program.”

focus on earned income to be sustainable

Nonprofit, Appetite for Change, brings healthful food options to north Minneapolis

Lawyer-turned-chef-turned-social entrepreneur Michelle Horovitz is taking a businesslike approach to expanding Appetite for Change, the nonprofit she co-founded to help bring healthful food options and economic development to north Minneapolis.


“We are constantly trying to innovate,” Horovitz said. “We’re trying to move toward a more for-profit business model because it’s just so much more sustainable.”

Breaking Bread Café opened in May of 2015 under the guidance of Executive Chef Lachelle Cunningham.

Breaking Bread Café’s appetite for change A new Twin Cities restaurant is serving up global comfort foods, while honoring the diverse cultures of north Minneapolis.

“the eatery is giving back to the community is by employing and training people from the community. Any profits Breaking Bread Café makes goes back into supporting Appetite For Change.”

Culinary nonprofit in north Minneapolis has an appetite for social change Jon Tevlin, May 7, 2015 — 9:44am

“South Minneapolis and St. Paul have lots of ethnic food,” said Michelle Horovitz, one of the founders of Appetite for Change. “What we heard from people is they wanted ethnic restaurants and grocery stores. What they really wanted to see is a community cafe, mobile markets and food trucks, things a lot of communities have.”

Horovitz and co-founders Princess Titus and Latasha Powell were introduced to budding chef Lachelle Cunningham, a culinary school graduate who was already doing catering and teaching community education classes, cooking what they call “global comfort food.” The community classes were her “little test kitchen” for the kinds of food people crave.

Cunningham had long talked to friends about creating a nonprofit with educational and vocational goals, mixed with a love for cooking she developed by watching her mother’s by-the-book recipe skills and her father’s mastery of spices. Titus calls the process that created Breaking Bread “organic.”

Cunningham calls it “serendipity.”

Appetite for Change runs several food-related efforts, some of which help pay for expanding its options. Community Cooks workshops bring together groups to cook and discuss social change. There is a youth-led urban agriculture program, a community engagement effort to promote healthy food and Kindred Kitchen, a space that is rented by food trucks and used as a test kitchen and incubator for other food businesses.

Breaking Bread Cafe Cooks “Real Food for Real People” in North Minneapolis

“This is not a diet restaurant – it’s real food for living and health, so we’re not taking the fat out of it, but then again we’re not a pork-centric restaurant either.”

There is a bit of a healthy bent, but it’s stealthy – proteins favor poultry and fish over pork and beef, all the sides just happen to be vegan, but they’re still hearty and recognizable faves – black beans and rice, collard greens, curried cabbage, and oven fries. There’s even a little list of “breakfast salads,” which Cunningham swears by.

Minneapolis nonprofit focuses on food to train, heal

After living with the effects of gang violence in north Minneapolis for 16 years, Princess Titus hungered to change her neighborhood.

Titus was no stranger to gang violence. Her son, Jessie McDaniel, belonged to a gang. Her other son, Anthony, had been shot and killed by a gang when he was 16.

After Anthony’s murder, Titus said, her family struggled. “Jessie and I weren’t doing good in grieving,” Titus said. “We couldn’t really look at each other, because I look like his brother to him, and he looks like his brother to me.” They grew distant.

Titus felt a change was needed on the north side. She searched for a way to express her grief.

She started cooking.

She had the idea to invite her north side neighbors to cook and eat with her.

Soon Titus was serving meals to people in her neighborhood to talk about the change they wanted to see in north Minneapolis. In the process, she and McDaniel reconnected.

“It brought our relationship closer,” she recalled. “Once we brought food in, it was really healing to our family.”

Titus realized that she could use food to help get more young men like her son off the streets.

She teamed up with Michelle Horovitz, a lawyer turned chef, and fellow north sider Latasha Powell. Together, the trio created Appetite For Change, a nonprofit that trains north Minneapolis youth in the food industry and provides jobs in farming, facilities and service to north siders.

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Appetite for Change, a North Minneapolis organization that approaches childhood nutrition in a “holistic” way, offering cooking workshops, urban farming and other hands-on experience for kids, young adults and their families. The group’s popular community restaurant Breaking Bread opened 18 months ago.

Appetite for Change creates oasis in Northside food desert June 7, 2017 by Brandi Phillips

The Breaking Bread Café on West Broadway in North Minneapolis is that special sit-down place that serves comfort food with a home-away-from-home kind of atmosphere.

The café is part of the nonprofit, community-based organization Appetite for Change (AFC). LaChelle Cunningham, executive chef for Breaking Bread, said AFC envisions sustainable, local food systems created and led by socially connected families and communities.

While Cunningham was in her last month of culinary school, she met with AFC’s executive director and co-founder Michelle Horovitz, along with the other co-founders, LaTasha Powell and Princess Titus. Said Cunningham, “They [seemed to be] impressed by the fact that I was in culinary school, owned my own catering business, and had all those years of administration in my background.”

With Cunningham’s education, professional skills and abilities, and the help of a quality team, Breaking Bread Café has become a cornerstone in the community in the relatively short time since it opened its doors on April 29, 2015. AFC is also a resource for outreach with Community Cooks as its flagship program. This is a cooking class where people can “cook together, eat together, and talk about assorted topics and areas of progress in the community,” Cunningham said proudly.

After multiple meetings over the years and with over 250 community members, one topic kept coming up: Where can families access nutritional food and learn how to grow their own produce? “So…the project of urban gardening started, “said Cunningham.

Appetite for Change currently has 10 gardening sights around North Minneapolis where food is grown, aggregated and sold at the West Broadway Farmers Market every week in the summer. The produce is also sold to Breaking Bread Café and other local restaurants in the community.

Business incubator aims to put north Minneapolis on the culinary map Emma Sapong · Jun 1, 2018

Wendy Puckett, the owner of Wendy’s House of SOUL

Her place is inside K’s Grocery and Deli, at 1021 W. Broadway Ave. in Minneapolis. And her creation — the soulroll — was concocted out of desperation to get her sons to eat their vegetables.

Puckett’s business is being propelled by the Northside Food Business Incubator, which is a joint effort by the neighborhood nonprofits Appetite for Change and Northside Economic Opportunity Network.

It provides commercial kitchen space and business training to entrepreneurs.

Fueling Full Lives in North Minneapolis (press release from General Mills)

Full Lives grant program, Appetite for Change, aims to use food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. They facilitate urban farming and operate a cafe that serves healthy food and offers employment for youth in the community.

A 17-year-old high school junior, Aaliyah got connected with Appetite for Change when she applied for a job at the cafe. “It was not your typical interview - it was very different. I could tell they really cared,” she says. “I got hired, and I learned working for Appetite for Change isn’t just a job, it’s setting me up for real life.”

Aaliyah says she had no previous gardening experience - “I didn’t know much, other than that plants needed water!” - but learned to sow, weed, and harvest. Like Green Garden, Appetite for Change operates a stand at several local farmer’s markets and Aaliyah has learned to manage money, engage more easily in conversations with new people and lead a small team.

After working in various roles at Appetite for Change, Aaliyah now serves as a youth mentor to other teens in the program. She also runs the organization’s social media channels and enjoys serving as their photographer.

“Appetite has been a great experience for me,” Aaliyah says. “In school we aren’t taught how to grow or cook food and there aren’t a lot of resources in North Minneapolis. People of color are suffering when it comes to accessing healthy food and we need to change that.” $6,265 Raised by 70 Donors (ever on the platform? presumably several years)