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Holidays a time of need at food shelf

It was a rough summer for the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center food shelf. Need is still running high — the center serves roughly 500 individuals a month — but donations were down.

As the holiday season approaches, volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said the food shelf needs as much help as it can muster to ensure that the center can serve everyone who needs help.

“We welcome any schools, churches, neighborhoods to have a food drive for 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center food shelf,” said Rabinowicz.

In recent weeks several groups have answered the call. Rosemount High School collected 1,300 pounds of food during its recent section final football game and the Haunted Woods Trail collected food for the center. Those donations will go fast, though.

“Food is flying off the shelf,” said Rabinowicz.

The food shelf needs everything, including non-perishable food items such as dried pasta, canned vegetables, sauces, prepared meal kits, snack foods, cereal and more. Additionally, Rabinowicz said accessory items such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, diapers — especially bigger sizes — and personal care items such as toothpaste and shampoo, are also needed.

For Thanksgiving, Christus Victor Lutheran Church will donate 225 turkey baskets for families in need. Rabinowicz said the Apple Valley church has provided Thanksgiving meals to families in need for nearly 10 years.

“It’s a huge project for them but it’s so appreciated,” said Rabinowicz.

The baskets have all been claimed.

Rabinowicz said she is sure some last minute Thanksgiving meal requests will come in. To help provide a holiday meal, Rabinowicz said Cub Foods gift cards or turkey donations would be appreciated.

Lastly, Rabinowicz said 360 Communities will provide Christmas gifts for 1,000 families through its Armful of Love program. The program matches families in need with donors and provides resources to families to pave the way to self-sufficiency.

Currently, Rabinowicz said 360 Communities is looking for sponsors to take families in need. More information is available at www.360communities.org.

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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