Thank you Bad Waitress on Central, Classic Cookie and Kris for food at the shelters

Do you know what it takes to run a shelter during a pandemic? It takes a village. Listening to Monica field phone calls from staff, volunteers, policymakers and media during her “break” today, I can tell you every act of kindness or donation means a lot. Today I want to get specific.

First – thanks to Kris for organizing another dinner with her colleagues at Women’s March Minnesota and other friends. What a great way to being people together! They served dinner before COVID-19 restrictions and have had it delivered a couple of time since. Those are tasty meals that guests enjoy and one less worry for staff.

Second – thanks to Bad Waitress in Northeast Minneapolis for a refrigerator full of fresh produce, bread and hash browns. Loren Moe called looking for a home for their food. We are thinking breakfast for dinner soon with the potatoes, cheese, avocado! The Bad Waitress is closing but only temporarily so please look for the restaurant to reopen with new branding once the dust settles.

Third – thanks to Classic Cookie for a late-night surprise last night.  It was too early to be a midnight snack, but you can imagine the delight when dozens of cookies appeared as if from nowhere. They were delicious and brought a smile to many who needed a day brightener!

These donations are essential to providing services to some of Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens – to keep them healthy and strong. Also, you can never overstate the gratitude that the guests have for the kindness shown to them. You know how nice it feels to be remembered!

We are still looking for dinners – contact us with questions or if you’re interested in delivering a meal. (We are practicing social distancing where we can.) And we are in need:

  • Cold medicine (tablet form) for day or night, non-alcohol cough syrup and drops
  • Disinfectant sprays or wipes – not air freshener
  • Face masks (surgical)
  • No-touch thermometers

Drop items off from 6-9pm or contact us for other options.

Published by Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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