The Food Group is doing our best to stay on top of the most recent health recommendations from the CDC and MDH. As this situation is quickly evolving, and food needs of our communities are on the rise, The Food Group will continue to deliver nutritious, staple food items to our food shelf and meal program partners as long as their doors remain open.
What precautions is The Food Group taking to keep everyone safe?
We are committed to protecting the health of our employees and those we serve, while continuing to provide critical services. Only staff critical to our operations will continue to work on-site, are following recommended practices by the CDC, and are taking extra precautions while handling food. The CDC states that the virus is not spread through food. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
All other staff will continue to work remotely. For a full staff listing, click here.
Can I still buy food from Fare For All and Twin Cities Mobile Market?
Unfortunately, all Fare For All sales in March have been cancelled. We will update Fare For All’s Facebook Page as sites re-open. As of March 23, Twin Cities Mobile Market will NOT be operating its regular schedule. We are working out the logistics of a new delivery model that will offer food for free. More info here.
Can I volunteer?
We have made the very difficult decision to suspend all volunteer activities until further notice. As soon as public health recommendations are lifted, we will mobilize volunteers. Until then, we cannot risk the health and safety of customers, staff, and volunteers.
What else can I do to help?
- Make a financial contribution to The Food Group. In this critical time of need, we continue to deliver nutritious, culturally relevant foods to our most vulnerable communities. Your donation allows us to deliver shelf-stable foods and staple items to our food shelf and meal program partners free of charge. Donate here.
- We provide services to over 150 food shelves across MN and western WI. The needs of each food shelf vary due to the diverse communities they serve. The best way you can help right now is to make a monetary donation to a virtual food drive. We operate as a food bank and can utilize our bulk purchasing power to stretch dollars in ways that individuals simply cannot. Please reach out to Talia Miracle to set up your virtual food drive at [email protected] or 763-450-3869.
- The needs of every food shelf are evolving day by day. Some may be requesting household items, specific food items, or simply a monetary donation. Contact your local food shelf directly to find out what they need. Use this map tool to find a food shelf near you.
The Food Group recognizes that discrimination, racism, and injustice may be experienced by people because of this illness. COVID-19 is not a Chinese disease. It’s not an Iranian or Italian disease. It is a human disease and viruses do not discriminate. We are all in this crisis together to do everything in our power to ensure all people feel safe and welcome.
- SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Sign up at applymn.dhs.mn.gov
- Unemployment insurance provides financial help to qualified persons out of work. Sign up at https://www.uimn.org/
- Use this map tool to find a food shelf near you.
- Restaurants providing free food to children
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