The 2020 holiday season is going to be difficult on many fronts. In addition to the “usual” problems of hunger, housing insecurity, and a lack of toys under the tree, this year adds a surging pandemic and its attendant health and economic crises.
Today, one in eight Minnesotans are hungry, compared to one in eleven in 2019. Food distribution to those in need has almost doubled since the onset of the pandemic. Our friends at The Food Group have been distributing almost double the amount of food the past few months. They are currently distributing to a network of more than 200 food shelf and meal program partners reaching 30 counties in MN and Western WI. They are anticipating the peak need is yet to come this winter as federal and state support for low-income families decreases and as the utility prices in Minnesota increase.
That’s why we’re partnering with them and a number of local liquor stores for an Emergency Food Drive throughout the month of December. Look for the blue bins at the liquor stores below to drop off your non-perishable food items. You’ll receive a voucher for 20% off at the online Surly Company Store for your donation. If you’d rather donate $$$ from the comfort of your own home, there’s a fundraising link right here: www.givemn.org/Surly
Liquor store accounts and addresses:
France 44- 4351 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Zipps Liquor- 2618 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
South Lyndale- 5300 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Elevated Minneapolis- 4135 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Elevated White Bear Lake- 2141 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Central Avenue Liquors- 2538 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Stinson W&S- 2315 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Liquor Boy- 5620 Cedar Lake Rd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Morelli’s- 535 Tedesco St, St Paul, MN 55130
East Lake Liquors– 3916 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
MGM Saint Louis Park- 8100 MN-7, St Louis Park, MN 55426
Brooklyn Center Muni 1- 1350 Shingle Creek Crossing, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Brooklyn Center Muni 2- 6930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Apple Valley Muni 1– 7525 148th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Apple Valley Muni 2- 14261 Essex Ave, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Apple Valley Muni 3- 5470 157th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Robbinsdale Muni- 3501 Bottineau Blvd, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
We have a long winter ahead of us. Please help if you can.