Food shelf visits this spring are looking very different. . . Just a few weeks ago, Valley Outreach food shelf served nearly 1000 families in one week, more than double their previous pandemic era average of 350 families each week.
The north metro food landscape has changed dramatically in the past few months—three major food retailers in the area have permanently shut their doors to community.
The Food Group recently awarded 19 grants totaling $90,000 to local food shelf and hunger relief orgs in Minnesota to build refrigerators, expanding freezer space, incorporating multi-lingual signage, and increase culturally familiar foods.
Before food shelves were a standard neighborhood resource, Joyce Uptown Food Shelf made its mark as a safe place for families to access food when they needed it most. As a founding partner of The Food Group, fifty-three years later, Joyce is busy as ever.