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The Pandemic Within The Pandemic – Food Insecurity For Seniors

This health pandemic is taking a devastating toll on our senior population. We all know that our seniors are the age group most at risk when exposed to the coronavirus. But, many seniors, especially those in poverty or on a fixed income, suffer the effects of the health crisis without ever being exposed to the disease.

According to a 2020 report using 2018 data, 5.3 million seniors in the United States were food insecure. Those people are even more vulnerable during the pandemic.


Skipping Meals Should Not Be The “New Normal.”

While this pandemic continues its dreadful grasp, the hope of us getting back to our “normal” lives any time soon is almost unimaginable. As the effects of the pandemic linger into the summer months, for many of us our “new normal” means rethinking vacation plans, eating out less, working from home, and missing out on summer concerts and festivals.


Together, We Can Make A Difference.

Dear colleagues, partners, and friends,

Like you, our hearts are broken by the horrible killing of our community member George Floyd. Just as heartbreaking is the knowledge that this is not a unique occurrence. Rather it is yet another manifestation of the systemic issues with which our nation is plagued.


Sweet & Sour Pork Is “Sweeter” With Our Veggies And Rice

We’re hearing from a lot of folks who enjoy our Meals From The Heart Veggies And Rice as both a main dish or as a side dish. Looking for ways to stretch your grocery budget certainly doesn’t need to limit your creativity in the kitchen. Here’s a great example of kitchen creativity at work!


Food Shelves Continue To Be In Dire Need.

This isn’t new news, but it certainly bears repeating. An April 18, 2020, StarTribune news article reported that “Demand at many of the 350 food shelves in Minnesota, where every school and thousands of businesses have been shuttered, is double or triple normal levels, with many being first-time users.” That was reported nearly two weeks ago, and it hasn’t gotten any better.

At Meals From The Heart, our mission is to build relationships and strengthen communities while packing and providing flavorful, fortified meals to local food shelves. These days, we are able to work with a small crew to pack meals, but we’d rather be packing meals with our partners. However, we’re grateful for the opportunity to help any way we can. Last weekend Meals From The Heart volunteers and staff helped North Heights Lutheran Church and Ruby’s Pantry distribute food boxes to 350 families. Each box contained our popular Veggies and Rice and Alfredo Primavera meals.


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