Since April 2020, Growing Up Healthy staff members have worked in coordination with 20+ partner organizations to distribute 7,000 boxes of food to households all across Faribault. Distribution efforts have included intentionally sourced cultural food options.
The nearly 60 distribution events, scheduled between April and the end of December, have included Trunk to Trunk events, mobile distribution events, and several one-time events in partnership with other community agencies. Mobile distribution efforts have served more than 1000 households and have focused on nine neighborhoods where need is greatest. The food access effort also partnered with Faribault Public Schools to distribute school meals along with the food boxes, to remove transportation barriers for families with school-aged kids struggling to access meals.
Growing Up Healthy surveyed a diverse group of community members to determine their wants and needs for a longer-term solution to address food access gaps in Faribault.
Families indicated that they appreciated the mobile distribution, liked having choices, and desired a food distribution center with a warm, welcoming atmosphere where there were no language barriers.
This information led collaboration partners to move forward this fall with plans to develop a choice-model food distribution center at 1400 Cannon Circle. The facility is next to the Cannon River Mobile Home Park and the GUH community trailer.Led by the Community Action Center, the partnership recently hired an interim food access coordinator and is seeking to hire a support specialist.
For more information about the food distribution efforts, or to volunteer, contact Becky Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org.