During the month of June, CAPI USA, along with partners COPAL, SEWA-AIFW, and Southside Services, Inc., provided produce, canned goods, baby items, hot meals, and home goods at our building on East Lake Street. The agencies joined together, with the help of The Food Group and Second Harvest Heartland, to strengthen the community through hunger relief and by offering a helping hand to those affected not only by the ongoing global pandemic, but the loss of grocery stores, local businesses, and other resources due to the senseless killing of George Floyd.
The four nonprofits mobilized quickly and gathered volunteers from the local community, along with several businesses (Old National Bank, Inspire11, and Orangeball Creative) whose employees volunteered to help with the distributions—which served a little over 500 people. In addition to addressing basic needs, CAPI and COPAL provided information on the 2020 Census in an effort to inform the public about the importance of being counted and how it affects the equity of our communities through school funding, governance, healthcare, and more.
Help can still be provided through CAPI’s Food Shelf Summer Challenge. If you are able, online donations through the month of July can be made here. CAPI is also offering free produce distributions from their headquarters in Brooklyn Center (5930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center) beginning July 10 and ending on October 9.
(all photos are gratefully credited to The Food Group)