Healthy, safe, and ready to thrive The aspirations in our communities are boundless. But structural racism and other barriers — from inconsistent housing to inadequate food — stand in the way of the healthy future our neighbors deserve. Pillsbury United Communities is here to close these gaps and build more equitable and sustainable systems for everyone.

Essential support
Our one-on-one relationships and wraparound services help to address immediate needs with relevance and support the health and security of whole families.

Long-term investments
We build systems that make our neighborhoods more resilient and self-sufficient, so people have the power to live their fullest lives, today and for generations to come.

We grow food security.
Through urban farming and community garden projects, Pillsbury United is not only producing fresh fruits and vegetables to fight hunger in the heart of our neighborhoods. We’re providing leading-edge education and internship opportunities to young people and building a self-sufficient food system from the soil up.

“Our greatest asset is our people power. Our youth, our elders, our mothers and fathers, our cultures, our leaders, our collective gifts and imaginations.” — Tsega Tamene, Director of Community Health


Children learning shapes at PEEC

Family Stabilization

We serve children, families, and seniors with short- and long-term support across a range of critical needs. Rooted in the neighborhoods they serve, our relationship managers work with clients to identify appropriate resources, bridge the limitations of outside support, and guide families to sustainable solutions.

Participant in North Market wellness classes

Community Health

Our everyday lives, work, environment and choices influence our health far beyond what happens in the doctor’s office. We work to improve those conditions as the foundation of individual and family wellbeing. Culturally relevant health education and care access points are woven into our services and the fabric of our neighborhoods.

Workers at Waite House community cafe

Food Accessibility

Healthful, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food is a right for everyone in our neighborhoods. Our community cafes, urban farms and other hyper-local assets provide families with greater choices and access, feeding our goal of a self-sustaining food system nurtured by and for the community.

Substance Use Disorder Awareness

The Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) Community Health Program works to reduce the impacts of Opioid Overdose among its targeted community groups such as East Africans, African American, Latinos, and other underserved populations in Minneapolis, Minnesota areas. We do this by

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People circle

Day Training & Habilitation for Adults with Disabilities

Vocational and non-vocational support services, with an emphasis on community enrichment, integration and employment for adults with disabilities. For more information, contact Brooke Tiegen at, or call 612-302-3452.

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Playgrounds (seasonal)

Family-friendly outdoor spaces to play and connect with neighbors. Hours vary. Call your neighborhood center for details.

People circle

North Market

Full-service grocery store in North Minneapolis offering good food at affordable prices as well as programs in nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness. Visit to learn more.

People circle

Immigrant Women’s Support

Assistance for immigrant women who need help understanding and finding resources to adjust to life in Minnesota, including food and housing, daycare, employment, and legal advocacy. Staff speak English, Somali, Arabic, and other East African languages. Appointments and walk-ins available.

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Fitness Classes

Pay-what-you-can fitness classes including cardio boot camp, Zumba/Afrobeats, yoga, and meditation offered in the community room at North Market. Visit to view the class schedule.