From Leah Gardner (email@example.com): A big focus of our work is ensuring our Helpline is up-to-date with all available food resources and that word is getting out to those needing assistance. Here’s what you can do:
o Spread the word about the Helpline (1-888-711-1151) and our Find Help Map.
o Help us keep updated on food resources in your community.
o We’re working on a map that will show locations providing free meals to kids while schools are closed. If your district or other local resources aren’t already listed, let us know what’s available in your community.
o We’ll also be doing our best to track food shelf hour changes and other local food resources being made available. Reply to share any updates you have.
o Check out our blog on 5 ways to help food shelves.
o Take action to ensure the legislature does its job to protect vulnerable Minnesotans. The Dept. of Human Services needs authority similar to other departments to ensure that we can continue food, cash, child care payments, services for seniors, services for people with disabilities, mental health treatment, housing supports, etc. DHS needs to have emergency authority and flexibility in providing for many of these critical basic needs, which was blocked last night in the House.
o Find information about your legislators and contact them ASAP to ask them to COME BACK for our most vulnerable Minnesotans, including granting DHS the emergency authority and flexibility needed at this time.
o If you live in Rep. Albright, Neu, or Kiel’s districts, your calls with the above message are critical. Please spread the word to others in the area.