Buying dinner at the shelter in the time of coronavirus – a real gift!

First – thank you to the groups and individuals who have purchased, delivered, prepared and/or served dinner to us at the shelters. It nurtures our guests’ bodies and souls. Thank you!

Second – coronavirus has changed how each of us does everything. We are practicing self-distancing for our health, your health and the health of our community. So we cannot invite you in to serve dinner. We miss you and the sense of community that brought. But we are still need food. For many this is the one solid meal they will get in a day.

Given the changes we wanted to propose some new ways to adopt a meal at the shelters – especially after working with some very generous donors. (We didn’t realize how generous they were – so we wanted to offer some more affordable options!) Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Buy us dinner for $200 for 80 guests: We work with Freedom from the Streets (a great group with firsthand experience with homelessness) and MICAH Board Members. They prepare and serve dinners and cleanup each night. The money you donate pays for the food they serve. Interested? Please donate online through Tasks Unlimited and flag the HOMELESS SHELTER (last bullet point) as beneficiary.
  • Drop off dinner – that you’ve made or purchased. OR have dinner delivered from a local restaurant. Please contact Monica (612-405-5156 or mnilsson@tasksunlimited.org) in advance so we can plan. Also we may have food on site (such a bread or salad) to use.
  • Donate food. If you are a restaurant or grocery store with a surplus – please contact Monica (612-405-5156 or mnilsson@tasksunlimited.org) to make a plan. If you are at home baking and want to donate – still contact Monica. The shelter opens at 7:15pm; staff is on site at 5:30 for drop-offs. Depending on the situation, we may be able to arrange a pickup.

We appreciate you and your gift! The food pushes us forward; the community kindness lifts us up.

Published by Ann Treacy

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

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