We are so happy to be packing meals again. And by the results of our Stillwater Meal-Packing Challenge earlier this fall, so are the fantastic meal-packing teams that made it happen.
More are needing help, especially after the extra unemployment aid ended.
They arrived in cars and on bikes, streaming into a Richfield church lot to grab containers of beef macaroni hot dish.
Outside a St. Paul community center, motorists lined up for boxes of watermelon and other groceries.
In Duluth, a food shelf doled out milk and produce to 100 cars last week, more than any other time during the pandemic.
Yes, this lingering health crisis is significantly limiting our ability to pack meals with local groups and businesses. Unfortunately, one thing we have an abundance of is need. Local food shelves and vulnerable families in our communities struggle to keep healthy food on their shelves, especially during the pandemic. However, another thing that IS NOT in short supply is our community’s generosity – especially our local business community.
Times are tough. There’s simply no way around that truth.
A silent killer forces distance to our lives when what we crave most is closeness. Voices of inequality rise above our streets. Families try to adjust to a new normal that is anything but normal.
The truth is, people are scared.
The truth is, people are angry.
The truth is, people are hungry.
The truth is, we don’t know how long our lives will be like this.
Our normal day-to-day meal-packing is obviously on hold for the time being, but the staff and volunteers at Meals From The Heart are still working to help keep our local food shelves stocked.
The need for healthy food is on the rise, so is the desire to work together to help our neighbors. Until we can again gather to pack meals, here are a few things we’re doing to keep up the good fight against hunger during the coronavirus crisis?