Community Impact

The Junior League of Saint Paul strives to strengthen our community by providing innovative programs, education and thousands of volunteer hours through our various projects.

The JLSP continues to find unmet needs in the community, develop programs to fulfill those needs and then passes those developed programs back to the community to continue once they are firmly and successfully established. JLSP also provides other non profit partners with trained volunteers to enhance or transform their own programs.

The League’s current initiative, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains seeks to impact children’s readiness to learn as it relates to the issue area of food insecurity and nutrition. Through our programs the League intends to help eradicate the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.

Our Current Initiatives

Fighting Food Insecurity

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in One in 10 households in Minnesota. This is the highest number since the government began counting 20 years ago and has risen from 1 in 14 Minnesota families in 2002.

These families lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.

          (Sources: No Kid Hungry, Hunger Facts; USDA Economic Research Report ERR-155; MPR News)        

How is the Junior League of Saint Paul addressing Food Insecurity?

Since 2010, JLSP has provided over 50,000 lbs. of food to children through the Backpack Buddies Program.

In 2015, we will introduce Family Food Boxes in partnership with Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center in Saint Paul and in 2016, the Junior League Junior Chef Program will begin at Rice Street Teen Zone.

Through Family Food Boxes, we will provide curated food boxes for 100 families per month during the critical last week of the month when SNAP benefits and money begins to run low.

The Junior Chef Program will provide teens at the Rice Street Teen Zone with the skills and knowledge they will need to help prepare healthy meals at home.

JLSP Community Assistance Grants

The Junior League of Saint Paul (JLSP) is pleased to offer a new grant program that will benefit local nonprofits that work to alleviate food insecurity. JLSP will begin accepting applications from qualified 501(c) (3) organizations between June 1 and September 1, 2016 and will notify awardees in October, with funds being awarded on or around November 8, 2016.

Partnership with Hunger-Free MN

We have partnered wtih Hunger-Free MN to help support its goal to close the missing meals gap for Minnesotans, particularly children. Through these programs the League intends to help eradicate the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food. 

Kids in the Kitchen

JLSP participates in this national Junior League initiative, conducting a yearly program to raise awareness and provide solutions for the growing health problems associated with childhood obesity.


JLSP educates, promotes and discusses the organization's initiatives with both the JLSP membership and the public, bringing a voice to JLSP's projects and informing the community on the importance of the issues.

For more information about Junior League of Saint Paul Community Projects or to get involve, contact