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District 191, community partners help provide food security for families

 

Food insecurity has been a real challenge for many families, even long before COVID-19 entered the scene. According to Feeding America, more than 430,000 people face hunger in Minnesota. Nearly 150,000 of those people are children.

While charitable and government programs, like SNAP, help relieve some of the burden, it is still not enough for some families. 

District 191 partners with a variety of organizations so that families have multiple ways to secure food resources. Along with our very own programs, including BrainPower in a Backpack and 191 Community Pantry, One91 is helping families become food secure during these uncertain times.

Food Resources for District 191 Families 

BrainPower in a Backpack

BrainPower in a BackPack is a weekend food pack that provides four meals and assorted snacks for students. In-school distribution is available to all One91 students; sign up is required and food is distributed once a week via student backpack.

Students can sign-up online at BrainPower in a BackPack 191 Student Sign Up or email brainpower191@gmail.com. They can also sign up via the school main office, school social worker or student's primary teacher in preschool or elementary or their Advisory teacher in middle and high school.

Program information and meal distribution details for BrainPower are available on the BrainPower in a Backpack website.

Food Resources for Community

191 Community Pantry

The 191 Community Pantry is available year-round. Recipients receive a grocery bag of non-perishable items (8 meals) and a small box of assorted produce.

The Pantry runs the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 2-4 p.m. or until food runs out. Food is available to the public. 

Pantry pick-up is located at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy in Burnsville (Door 9 - Pleasant Avenue Entrance).

Community Pantry at school sites:

Edward Neill Elementary, 13409 Upton Avenue S, Burnsville

3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Drive-through, pick up distribution is focused on Neill families and neighborhood, but food distribution is open to the public. Food is free and usually includes both dry goods and fresh produce, as well as dairy and meat when available.  

191 Community Pantry - Fresh Produce Distribution

The 191 Community Pantry Fresh Produce distribution runs July-October. Bulk produce distribution runs the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month (July-Oct. only) from 2-4 p.m. or until food runs out. Food is available to the public.

Pantry pick-up is located at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy in Burnsville (Door 9 - Pleasant Avenue Entrance).

Program information and meal distribution details for Community 191 Pantry are available on the Community Education website.

The OPEN Door Pop-Up Produce Stand Program

The OPEN Door Pop-Up Produce Stand distribution happens year-round every Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the former Metcalf Middle School parking lot. Food is available to the public. 

Information is available on the Community Education website and the Open Door website

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