We hope you are staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times. Over the last several weeks, all of us have been touched by this pandemic in various ways. Children are doing their schoolwork from home, businesses have closed and our neighbors, friends or family members may have lost their jobs. Even as a record number of individuals are applying for unemployment each week, we have a collective instinct to give back. Community members are buying local, making homemade masks and creatively volunteering while still social distancing.
Now, more than ever families need access to free, healthy food and food shelves across the state are stepping up to the challenge. Food shelves are seeing demand double, even triple, while having to quickly adapt to pre-packed food boxes distributed through drive-up models. FFEN has been with food shelves through this all – providing consultation to implement new models, technical assistance to identify and apply for newly available grant funds, sourcing equipment quickly to meet urgent needs –and we need your help.
You can help meet this increased need and ensure that neighbors aren’t left behind in this crisis. Your tax-deductible donation to FFEN will provide critical equipment and professional technical assistance to food shelves that need it most. These resources help leverage the increasing amount of free food in the system during a time of reduced volunteer support and limited contact. It also supports food shelves as they prepare for better service and sustainability in the future.
During this critical time, your donation will go even further thanks to a generous $10,000 match! This is the time to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to food and can weather this storm safely. A sustainable food shelf system is essential in this crisis and for our collective recovery. With your support, we can meet the urgent need now and together build a stronger future for our neighbors.
Thank you and be well.
Kate M. Burggraff, Executive Director