The support you provided us over the past year was as unprecedented as the pandemic we were facing. Just over a year ago, we came to you and asked for your help so we could continue providing food to those in need in our community. We knew we were preparing for the hunger crisis of a generation, and your response showed us we wouldn't have to do it alone.
This letter is to thank you for believing in our work and to give you a sense of the impact you have helped us make in our community over the past year.Your choice to invest in our mission, to trust our team and to believe in our clients gave us everything we needed to respond bigger and bolder. Your gifts gave our team the freedom to lean into their creativity and find new, safe ways to make more food available in more ways than ever before.
More than 60,000 times an individual or family came to The Open Door for food support in the last year and walked away with not only fresh food, but knowing that their community cared for them and would be there for them. That's more than double any year in our history!
"Thank you" doesn't begin to do our gratitude justice, so we hope when you look through this letter at the tremendous things you helped us accomplish, that you know the impact of your actions goes well beyond the confines of The Open Door. Your love and generosity resonates across Dakota County in stronger and healthier families. We know our work isn't done but with you on our side, we know we can ensure that fresh and healthy food will be available to thousands across Dakota County.
We invite you to join us at The Open Door’s
Empty Bowls Drive-Thru event!
For a $30 contribution guests will drive-thru the parking lot at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and receive delicious soup to-go from one of our restaurant partners, a Great Harvest dinner roll, and select a ceramic bowl from two design options.
Your attendance at this fundraising event will help support the 14,000 community members The Open Door provides healthy food support to each month – double the number of people served monthly prior to the pandemic.
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Thank you for investing in The Open Door’s mission – we are grateful for you! Because of the outpouring of support from you and others like you, we have been able to take bold steps to address the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. I ask you to consider a Thanksgiving gift to help us continue providing fresh and healthy food to more people than ever.
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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