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A Story About The Power Of Making A Difference.

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.


The Pandemic Pivot: Some “Out-Of-The-Box” Thinking Leads To A New Way To Fight Hunger!

(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.


Local Law Enforcement + Food Boxes = Big Smiles!

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.


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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