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Summer Daze

We are all a little dazed with everything that is going on – from the corona virus to social unrest and change – so it’s nice to have a little normalcy in our lives. I am finding that in green and growing things. Thanks to the work of our Farm Manager Dorothy, and several wonderful volunteers, we have been able to plant an acre and a half with vegetables and over three acres of cover cropping. Here are some pictures of our beautiful Farm at the Food Shelf. If you would like to volunteer please call Dorothy at 444-6580, extension 23.

Our Raised Bed Area

Volunteers make it happen!

Emergency COVID-19 Procedures in Effect

Due to the national state of emergency regarding COVID-19, starting Monday, March 23, customers will no longer be allowed inside the Food Shelf. Customers will wait in their vehicles and volunteers or staff will bring out pre-packed boxes. We want to do our very best to support our community during this difficult time while keeping our customers, volunteers, and staff as safe as we possibly can. Beginning immediately, the food shelf will be closed Fridays until further notice. If we all pull together we can beat this!

To see more, please go here to read about our COVID-19 Response:

https://bcfsmn.org/bcfss-emergency-response-to-covid-19/

It’s time to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your donation!

Each year during March, Greater Minneapolis Community Connections gives food shelves across Minnesota the opportunity to participate in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. During the Campaign, which this year runs from Sunday, March 1 to Sunday, April 12, BCFS will receive a partial match for all donations of food and funds. In 2019, we served a record 11,600 households and shared a record 925,000 pounds. Thanks to the 2019 March FoodShare, we received a match of over $10,000 to help us purchase food during the summer months when usage was up and donations were lower. This is a great opportunity to multiply your donation!

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We are a SuperShelf!

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On Wednesday, February 5 2020, BCFS was officially certified as a SuperShelf. Dianne Davis Kenning from UMN Extension arrived with her comprehensive checklist and spent about an hour going through the Food Shelf to make sure we are meeting all the requirements. We passed inspection and scored five out of five pineapples! We are so proud of our beautiful store and our new service model, which focuses on abundance, helps all feel welcome, and makes the healthiest choice the easiest choice for our wonderful customers. Many thanks to Dianne, and special thanks to Deb Dilley for all of her hands-on assistance during our transition.

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