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Community food drive hits goal

A month has passed since One Rosemount Feeding Families packed more than 280,000 meals for Haitian refugees, but the impact of the event can still be felt. Through March, the group collected more than 10,000 pounds of food for the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center.

"The whole community of Rosemount has been incredible," said volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz.

The aim of One Rosemount Feeding Families was to provide food for people in need both on a global level and on a local level. On March 2 more than a thousand residents gathered to pack meals for Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic. Volunteers packed 285,210 meals on that day.

Another goal of the communitywide project was to collect 10,000 pounds of food for local food shelves as part of Minnesota Food Share Month. While final numbers were still rolling in, Rabinowicz said the goal was surpassed.

"The food drive went really well," she said.

Fifty area businesses participated in the food drive and Rabinowicz said their generosity helped them reach their goal. In particular she said Flint Hills Resources employees stepped up and made a huge impact.

"Flint Hill has been amazing. Every single week of March they delivered food," said Rabinowicz.

While happy with the outcome of the food drive, Rabinowicz said the sad part is the food that was collected is almost gone already. The Rosemount Family Resource Center serves 400 to 500 individuals a month.

Rabinowicz said people in the community are still struggling to find adequate employment and that there is still a lot of need out there.

"We have so many people coming through the door," said Rabinowicz.

One Rosemount Feeding Families did a lot to bring awareness to the issue of hunger and Rabinowicz said they hope to build on that.

"There were so many impressive things that occurred because of One Rosemount Feeding Families," said Rabinowicz.

The Rosemount Family Resource Center is constantly in need. The center accepts non-perishable food including noodles, pasta sauce, cereal, box meals, rice, canned meats, ramen noodles, canned fruit and vegetables. Also needed are donations of toilet paper, paper towel, tissues, toothpaste, soap, feminine hygiene produces, laundry detergent and diapers. Donations can be dropped off at the center at 14521 Cimmaron Ave. W.

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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