April 25, 2020 Update
The weekly in-school distribution of food that Anoka SDA Church members assisted with has been temporarily suspended due to the March 2020 closure of schools in Minnesota. Sheridan Story has implemented a community network to continue distributing food bags to children and families. The numbers facing food insecurity are rising. Volunteers and donations are needed. Click here to see how you can help.
In order to continue our essential work of providing food to the community through the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have continued to pack bags at our warehouse with the help of a small group of volunteers and staff. We are regularly evaluating our volunteer events based on the current situation, and have started to open some volunteer events to the public.
With health and safety as our priority, we have implemented many preventative measures intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. This includes strict compliance with all Minnesota State-mandated requirements, including masks and social distancing.
On March 13, 2020 we transitioned our weekend food program to adapt to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Instead of delivering food to 250 Minnesota schools for direct distribution into children’s backpacks, we worked together with 31 districts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and other community partners to provide food at designated food distribution points for children and families. To meet the skyrocketing needs, we increased food output by 400%, delivering 100,000 meals a week to over 37% of all K-12 children in Minnesota.
Thanks to community support, we have provided over 2,200,000 meals and have been able to adapt our work to continue providing 100,000 a week to local children and families. We are preparing hundreds of thousands of more meals to meet the rising demand and need your continued support.
We will be there for children through the ongoing disruptions caused by COVID-19, and we will be there long after to help stabilize families
Click here if you are interested to know more about how Sheridan Story is doing this and find out how you can volunteer your time to make this happen.
“This is uncharted territory for all of us, but Minnesota’s and our organization’s strongest asset is our ability to work together to serve the children. Thank you for your partnership now and always.”