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Supplies are low, demand high at food shelf

The Rosemount Family Resource Center needs help. The center, which serves as the local food shelf, is running low on everything.

"It's been challenging to keep food on the shelves," said Shira Rabinowicz, the volunteer coordinator at the center.

The center, located at 14521 Cimmaron Ave. W., serves about 500 people a month from its food shelf.

The resource center is operated by the non-profit 360 Communities. Currently, 360 Communities operates six food shelves located in locations throughout Dakota County, including Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, Rosemount, Apple Valley and Farmington.

Rabinowicz said use of the food shelf has gone up over the last year and that the center often faces shortages.

"Today we are OK because some churches and a few other places came forward but last week we were bare," said Rabinowicz.

The center needs non-perishable food items such as dried beans, rice, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soups, cereal, cookie and cake mixes, coffee, tea and crackers. The center also needs household goods such as toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap, dish soap, bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cleansers, diapers, wipes and baby food.

The Family Resource Center will get a facelift in the coming weeks. Last week, the city council approved work to the center that will include repairing an outdoor faucet, replacing damaged drywall, adding motion-sensored lights in common areas of the building and adding commercial kitchen appliances.

The Minnesota Department of Health has said the kitchen does not meet state standards for a facility serving food to the public. The kitchen remodel will include a commercial dishwasher, commercial hood over the stove and a commercial microwave.

The city received a Community Development Block Recovery Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to pay for improvements to the center. The grant is for $75,000 and is locally managed by the Dakota County Community Development Agency.

360 Communities will contribute $8,000 it raised through donations to help renovate the food shelf and to purchase a new dishwasher.

Donations can be dropped off at the Rosemount Family Resource Center at 14521 Cimarron Ave. For more information call 651-322-5113.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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