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BIRTHDAY REGISTRY

Because every 16 year old wants a food delivery van, right?

HELP US MAKE FOOD SHELF DREAMS COME TRUE AND MAKE THE JOB OF FEEDING THE HUNGRY JUST A BIT EASIER BY DONATING ONE OF OUR REGISTRY ITEMS BELOW!

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CATEGORY: NOURISHMENT

  1. Local Produce

    FINNEGANS is proud to support the Harvest For The Hungry program year round and we want to do more to put locally grown produce on every table. Many Minnesota families cannot afford fresh, locally grown produce. The Food Group’s Harvest for the Hungry program purchases produce from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin farmers, donating the fruit and vegetables to our network of food shelves, on-site meal programs, and hunger relief agencies. This program supports local farmers, offering them a secondary market, and local food shelves, providing top quality produce free of charge. https://thefoodgroupmn.simdex.org/harvest/
    $260.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
  2. Culturally Preferred Foods

    Some foods that are familiar and preferred by a culture are too expensive for food shelves to offer. Examples: goat meat and ground beef. The Food Group is a leader in providing these culturally specific foods to food shelves, help us continue to support this portion of their work! https://thefoodgroupmn.org/about-us/programs/
    $100.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  3. Healthy Meal Prep Classes

    Classes provide recipe guidance, meal prep tips, cooking with the food that is available, and healthy choices for particular diet restrictions. A bonus is community engagement and social support. Promoting community engagement and social support is just an added bonus! Urban Oasis' Healthy Meals in a SNAP! 6-Week class for food insecure St. Paul East Side community members to learn how to prepare convenient, affordable, nourishing meals with fresh whole food. http://www.urbanoasismn.org/learn/ ? $950 would provide a pantry starter kit + 450 servings of nourishing meals prepared by community members for themselves and their families ? Healthy Meals in a SNAP! participants learn and share - they make 3 more meals at home each week and consume more vegetables and fruits compared to when they began class. And they all talk about sharing what they learn with family, friends, or neighbors. ? We want to help support 3 six-week sessions of Healthy Meals in a SNAP! this year (3x$950=$2,850)
    $0.00 donated of $2,850.00 goal

CATEGORY: HARVEST EXTENSION

  1. Air Conditioner

    Harvest extension is a goal to ensure that produce is available to people for more months out of the year. Often food shelves turn away produce because of the short shelf-life. Fresh produce lasts longer in a room with air conditioning during the hot, summer months.
    $0.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
  2. Refrigerator

    Particularly at harvest time, refrigeration can help extend the harvest by preserving fruits and vegetables longer. Harvest extension is a goal to ensure that produce is available to people for more months out of the year. Often food shelves turn away produce because of the short shelf-life. Cost per refrigerator, depending on size, is between $2,000-11,000.
    $0.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
  3. Freezer

    Freezer capacity enables extending the harvest and preserving deliciousness. With capacity, fresh produce can be frozen to provide options for non-growing months. Cost per freezer, depending on size, is between $7,000-$10,000.
    $0.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
  4. Food Processing

    Access to food processing equipment or facilities enables preparation of food for freezing and extending the harvest. Cost between $12,000-$28,000.
    $0.00 donated of $30,000.00 goal

CATEGORY: LIFE NECESSITIES

  1. Personal Care Items

    Diapers, toothpaste, feminine care items, deodorant, laundry soap, OTC medications, and cleaning supplies are not covered by SNAP benefits but are needed to function normally in society. These items are scarce but in high demand for food shelf clients.
    $160.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal
  2. Shoes

    The need for shoes is overlooked, but universal. Shoes enable participation in the community, job searching, social connection, exercise, warmth, foot protection, and normalcy.
    $0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

CATEGORY: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  1. Park Bench, Umbrella & Garden Supplies

    Some food shelves offer a community garden. Where clients can plant, tend, and harvest the produce. A simple bench and umbrella can allow for clients to rest from the hot sun, particularly for the young and the elderly.
    $0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  2. FOOD DELIVERY VAN

    Support can range from gas, new tires, and repairs on current facility vehicles to contribution toward a van purchase to assist serving hungry shut-ins.
    $0.00 donated of $40,000.00 goal

CATEGORY: FOOD PRODUCTION

  1. Water Totes

    New and used industrial size water containers are needed for organic farmers using the drip method (more efficient, higher yield, lower cost) method of irrigation. Cost per water tote can range between $150-300.
    $0.00 donated of $900.00 goal

CATEGORY: OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

  1. Business Consulting & Skill Development

    Food shelf directors and staff are talented individuals who could benefit from further skill development in business management. Increasing their operational efficiency will help ensure the best service to clients and time spent on supporting those in need. The areas highlighted by food shelves as being on their wish list are: Strategic Planning Mission/Vision Statements IT Applications Fundraising
    $1,000.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  2. Translator

    Translation services are often required to assess needs, complete forms, connect to resources, and communicate recipes, diet restricted choices, and healthy eating.
    $0.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal

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