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MHC's Theory of Change Potluck

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard understands the power of gathering around a table for a shared meal. So it is fitting that our theory of change is just such a table. 

Our Mission: the table around which we gather, the work we come to mutually.

       Mother Hubbard's Cupboard works to increase access to healthy food in ways that cultivate dignity, self-sufficiency, and community.

Our Vision: the bouquet of flowers serving as a centerpiece on the table, reminding us of the beautiful tomorrow we're aiming for.

       We envision a community where everyone has equal access to nutritious food, waste is minimized, and all members are healthy, self-sufficient,

       and empowered to reach their full potential.

Our Values: the food that nourishes and sustains us.

       We believe that access to healthy food is a basic human right. We actively work to eliminate barriers by addressing both immediate needs and

       their root causes.


       We recognize and invest in the power of good food to bring people together and support healthy communities.

       Community is the heart of our organization. Protective relationships and collective power are built when people come together over a meal,

       harvest from the garden, and share skills. We facilitate inclusive spaces where individuals are invited to engage respectfully and compassionately.

       We value equity and practice social justice by meeting people where they are, increasing access to resources, and facilitating connections to

       supportive networks.

       We cultivate an organizational culture of integrity, grounded in transparency, accountability, and reflection. 

       Sustainability is vital to a healthy community. We value building sustainable programming, equitably supporting people, and responsibly      

       stewarding our environment.

Assumptions: the sturdy platters upon which our values and work sit.

       The foundational assumptions the Hub is built upon are:

       Access to food is a basic human right.

       People don’t have food because they don’t have money.

       Community connections are protective.

       Expecting individual behavior to change is not sustainable

       System change > individual change

       People with lived experience are experts

       Nothing about us without us

Strategies: the utensils that we use to dig into our shared work.

     Strategies the Hub employs to work towards mission and fulfill our values:

      Community building

      Meeting people where they're at

      Values-driven decision making

      Increasing access to food, resources, information, opportunity, civic engagement

      Recognizing and eliminating barriers (internal and external)

      Narrative change

Outcomes: the many hands around the table, coming together in community and collective power.

     The change we hope to see through our work:

     New narrative of hunger and poverty

     Everyone has dignified access to food they need / to nutritious food

     People have the opportunity to advocate for themselves and their communities

     Greater opportunity for social inclusion

     Healthy local food system


     Food sovereignty

     Feeling of connectedness


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