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Little did I know that serving others could bring so much fulfillment as I have had in helping to pack and deliver Food Boxes to families working hard to stretch their food budgets.
You know you are doing something worthwhile when you are met anxiously at the front door of a senior living facility by one of its residents “who saw us pull into the parking lot and came down to open the door as the caretaker was encumbered by a bad leg” and then chatted us up about how thankful she was for the food and even more so to have it delivered. We had similar reactions from each of the residents we delivered to that day.
(Photo: Volunteers from Old National Bank pack Food Boxes)
Even with hope shining on the horizon, the need for healthy meals continues to grow as families wrestle with a perpetual state of “new normal.” As many as 13% of Minnesota’s total population are food insecure or don’t have access to enough food.
A year ago, it would have been impossible to imagine what life is like today. So much of what was routine has become a bizarre “new normal” – from work and school to shopping and socializing.
As the pandemic slogs into another year, like so many individuals, businesses, and organizations, we’ve had to pivot to accommodate these unimaginable times. But at Meals From The Heart, we think on our feet and keep on our toes, so making this pivot is just another step to fulfill our mission of helping our neighbors. With meal-packing events greatly diminished due to safety and distancing guidelines, we know we had to find new ways to continue our mission and help those in need.
Check out this note from Commander Tim Harris of Washington County Sheriff’s Office. It really illustrates the incredible impact that donations, volunteers, and our new Food Box Program are making in the community.
Launched late last year to help families who continue to struggle with food insecurity, our Meals From The Heart Food Box Program is doing more than simply bridging food budget gaps. It’s also creating bridges in the community and helping people connect in new ways – in spite of ongoing pandemic restrictions.
Excellence In Giving has named Meals From The Heart as a CERTIFIED TRANSPARENT organization.
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We had a great night to kick off our FOOD BOX program on Friday, December 18th. We spent three hours at the Stop -N- Shop on Lake Street in Minneapolis and distributed 45 boxes! Each box contained over $50 worth of quality shelf-stable food items that can be used to create several, healthy, and flavorful meals.