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First Time Help for Neighbors Like Melissa

First Time Help for Neighbors Like Melissa

“I saw your post on Facebook, and I’m almost embarrassed to message you,” shared Melissa in early April. She had reached out to learn about our Food Shelf.

She explained that she was a local hairdresser and out of work because of COVID-19. She said that because she rented her chair and was considered self-employed, she wasn’t initially eligible for unemployment.

“I’m very worried how I’m going to pay for my housing, utilities, or food,” she shared. “I know I can’t be evicted or have my utilities shut off for now, but what happens when they lift the quarantine and it’s all backed up? It will be almost impossible to catch up — even if I can make temporary arrangements.”

Many of our NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin neighbors are turning to us for the first time. In fact, during this particular week, 38% who visited us were first-time guests.

As we navigate this unprecedented time together, it’s comforting to know you’re here to take care of neighbors like Melissa and so many others throughout our region. You’re helping us supply thousands of boxes of non-perishable food and fresh produce, reducing the worry so many of us are facing.

We couldn’t feed Northland families, children, and seniors without partners like you and here’s a sampling of others who have generously stepped during this public health crisis:

• Feeding America
• Joan M. Wismer Foundation • Northland Foundation
• The Ordean Foundation
• United Way of NE Minnesota