Rising numbers of people continue to visit food shelves and meal programs.
Six days a week, nearly 100 families come together to share food and community in North Minneapolis at Camden Promise, one of our 224 partner food programs.
Ms. Dorothy offers coffee and donuts, inviting people to share what they’re grateful for: “That I can spend the day with my granddaughter.” “That my daughter starts college next week—the first in our family!”
The number of daily guests has steadily increased this past year. After enjoying a meal—the menu when we visited was fried chicken with sides—they head downstairs to choose groceries for their household.
“We are very poor and are afraid we’ll be kicked out of our apartment,” says Corina D. “I don’t know what we would do then.”
Corina lost three family members recently, including her grandmother and newborn niece. With travel and funeral costs, they got behind on rent, so their power has been cut off.
The family comes to Camden Promise for lunch, groceries and connection.
“The Food Group is generous with delivering fresh produce. They bring reclaimed food from the farmers market on Sundays,” says food shelf coordinator Randy Schepker. He says with current food prices and a tight budget, Camden Promise must cut back on what they can offer each day.
“Food is a powerful tool to create life-giving community, to address economic inequities, and so much more,” says Pastor Jeff Nehrbass at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, home of Camden Promise.
Food needs are rising across the Twin Cities, suburbs, small towns, tribal communities, and rural areas. Your support continues to make an impact every day, helping our partners, including Camden Promise, share food to create a stronger, healthier community.