As we've reached the 90 day mark of the COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to share with you what your support has made possible! Thank to you, our team has more than doubled the number of families we are supporting with fresh and healthy food!
In a normal month pre-covid, we served 7,000 people. During the month of May, you helped us provide fresh and healthy food to more than 18,000 of our community members. Within the last 90 days more than 60,000 people in Dakota County have filed for unemployment benefits leaving more people than ever before needing support. It is heartbreaking that so many in our community are in need of food support, but it is inspiring how you have helped our team respond.
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We at The Open Door want to start your week with some inspiring news about the impact you have made in our community over the first 30 days of this crisis response. We asked for more support during this crisis and you responded in a remarkably generous way. Because you gave more, we are doing more.
You helped us not only meet our $200,000 goal for the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign but exceed it. Your infusion of generosity has helped us serve more people in more places at a time when it’s needed most.
In the last 30 days our volunteers and staff have provided fresh and healthy food to nearly 10,000 of our neighbors. We started our summer meals program early and have already served more than 5,000 meals to low-income students directly in their neighborhoods.
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For the third year in a row, we've expanded the Mobile Lunch Box program. As of this week, our Mobile Lunch Box has already served more free, fresh and healthy meals to kids than we did all of last summer - and there are still five weeks to go!
With your help, we've invested in this program because we know our community leads the state* in the number of missed meals among children during the summer months, when they're unable to access free and reduced cost meal programs. In response, we're working hand in hand with ISD 196 and ISD 191 to identify the neighborhoods with greatest need and take food directly to the kids who need it most.
Our volunteers are on the road five days a week, making sure our kids have access to the fresh and healthy foods they need.
Please give now to support our important programs like the Mobile Lunch Box and help us raise $25,000 to finish our Summer Campaign strong!
Give before July 31 and your dollar goes further! Your generosity will be proportionally matched up to $4,000 by a grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. Every $1 you give stays here in our community.
We need your help right now. With your support, we can keep our innovative programs running and continue to fight hunger through access to healthy food.
The strength of our community is remarkable. In the face of significant financial restraints and a tough restructuring entering 2018, our volunteers, staff, and supporters have rallied to help us fill the gaps and find a way to serve even more people. While we are not entirely out of the woods financially, the response from our supporters and partners has been encouraging and affirming. I have no doubt that together, with your help, we will continue to be the innovative leader in providing fresh and healthy food.
The stories you’ll read inside highlight the resilience of The Open Door and the determination of our volunteers and staff to continue to find ways to make healthy food more accessible to those in our community who need it most. With summer quickly approaching, we are ready for some of TOD’s most innovative programs, including Garden To Table, Mobile Lunch Box, and a second season of Pop-Up Produce Stands.
If you are looking for an opportunity to engage, learn more, or just get your hands dirty, we have multiple opportunities for you to help us assist the people who look to us for support each month. Thank you for taking the time to read about our work, and thank you for making all of it possible.
Jason Viana, Executive Director
This is what community looks like!
Each year Empty Bowls serves as the kickoff to our annual March Campaign and because of you we are off to a great start! Over 800 community members attended or volunteered at our annual hunger awareness event. Bowls were crafted and painted, original art pieces were lovingly created and donated, delicious soups, bread, and desserts were donated and served, sponsors financially supported the event and you came to support our mission with a record-breaking result of $30,000 that will go directly into our mission of ending local hunger through access to healthy food. Thank you for making 2018 a banner year for Empty Bowls!
Please support the sponsors who made this event possible, the restaurants and bakeries who donated soup and bread, and the artists who helped create the beautiful bowls and donated to our Art10 drawing. A full list of our supporters for Empty Bowls can be found here.
Jason Viana, Executive Director
The Open Door