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    M.E.L.T. with a Wall ... of Food!

     

    The list of populations in need of compassion and support is growing: U.S. government employees are now among them. Thanks to the inability to find common ground that allows the Government Shutdown to end, 800,000 workers have been out of work for over a month and will possibly be missing their second paycheck. Many employees of the government live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to meet their basic needs. They have been unable to pay their housing and transportation bills, buy necessary medications, or adequately feed their families.

     

    Many of my social justice friends have been asking what they can do to help during this political standoff. The obvious answer is to call our senators and congress people and tell them we want the government re-opened NOW. The other very simple thing we can all do is donate to our local food shelves that are experiencing increased demand as a result of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

     

    I would like to see all of my socially-conscious peers help construct a wall of food donations that surpasses the size of President Trump’s desired border wall. Let’s help Make Every Life Thrive by feeding the Americans who help our country function for all of us.

     

    Here’s a list of websites for food shelves in southern Minnesota where you can make a donation:

     

     

    NORTHFIELD

    Community Action Center

    https://communityactioncenter.org/programs/feeding/

     

    MANKATO
    Echo Food Shelf

    https://www.echofoodshelf.org/donate


    ROCHESTER

    Channel One Food Shelf

    https://www.helpingfeedpeople.org/programs/food-shelf/

     

    NEW PRAGUE

    The Peace Center

    https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/locations/new-prague/the-peace-center

     

    LONSDALE

    Lonsdale Area Food Shelf

    http://lonsdaleareafoodshelf.weebly.com/supporting-lafs.html

     

    EAGAN/APPLE VALLEY

    The Open Door

    https://theopendoorpantry.org/how-to-give/donate-food/

     

    ST. PAUL

    Second Harvest Heartland

    https://www.2harvest.org/get-involved/ways-to-donate-food/#.XEjC_lVKiUk

     

    MINNEAPOLIS

    The Food Group

    https://thefoodgroupmn.org/donate/food-drop-off-locations/

     

     

    And don’t forget the pets of our government workers. They need to eat, too.

     

    People and Pets Together
    http://www.peopleandpetstogether.org/give-food-and-supplies/

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