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Breaking Bread Cafe temporarily closes down again

It's run by north Minneapolis food nonprofit Appetite for Change.

Breaking Bread Cafe in north Minneapolis is taking another temporary pause, this time for financial reasons.

Last year, the cafe run by food nonprofit Appetite for Change closed down for a few weeks to refresh its menu, per CityPages, but it's now expected to take a longer break as it assesses its financial situation.

"Breaking Bread is an important asset in the community, offering jobs, training and fresh/local food at an affordable price," the cafe noted on its Facebook page. "In order to ensure that we are able to offer these services well into the future, this short term pause in service is necessary."

In a longer explanation on its website, Breaking Bread wrote: "As a nonprofit Appetite For Change depends on donations to keep our organization running. And as good stewards of those funds, we are diligent about ensuring our programs are as efficient, impactful and resourceful as possible.

"We have identified a couple programs & ventures that could use some adjustments in order to better serve our community while improving impact and outcomes."

The nonprofit based on W. Broadway St. says it uses food "as a tool to build health, wealth and social change" in one of Minneapolis' most deprived areas.

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It runs workshops for local youths, teaching them about urban farming and food preparation with a view to encouraging them to follow a career into the food service industry, as well as operating Breaking Bread Cafe on West Broadway.

While the cafe is on a temporary hiatus, the Breaking Bread Catering service will still be operating, "offering delivery and full service catering for any event."

The nonprofit will also be providing financial assistance to employees affected by the closure, and says during the course of the shutdown it will be "thoughtfully engaging our stakeholders in a process to improve our service, operations, and offerings."

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