This spring, I want to take a moment to highlight the work being done by CAP’s food and nutrition programs. CAP offers WIC, SNAP outreach, senior dining, home-delivered meals, a mobile food shelf, and two food shelves located in Rosemount and Shakopee.
In 2017, we launched our Mobile Food Shelf. Thanks to grants from the Schulze Family Foundation, St Francis Regional Medical Center, and Allina Health, CAP now delivers food to those in need who are otherwise unable to access a food shelf or other resources.
Another exciting partnership for our food and nutrition programs has been with Second Harvest Heartland. Through this partnership, CAP has been able to offer fresh produce distributions throughout the summer for the past two years. On six distribution dates, food shelf clients and community members can come to CAP to pick up fresh food and produce. CAP is consistently working to find new ways to provide healthy, fresh, and diverse food to all who need it in our community.
Did you know that March is Minnesota FoodShare Month? The largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together various community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help stock nearly 300 food shelves statewide. Food donations can be dropped off at the CAP Agency Food Shelf at 712 Canterbury Rd S in Shakopee Monday-Saturday from 8am-4:30pm. Monetary donations can also be made online at www.capagency.org/donate or mailed to 712 Canterbury Rd S, Shakopee MN 55379. Last year, CAP Agency distributed 716,687 pounds of food. The need for food increases every year, and it is thanks to your donations that we continue to fill this need.
Before I close, I want to thank all who donated to our Hope for the Holidays program throughout the recent holiday season. Hope for the Holiday was an incredible success again this year. Thanks to hundreds of donors, we distributed gifts to 3,000 families and children in need. A huge thank you not only to those who donated, but also to our volunteers who helped to hand out the gifts and toys. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children and families is a highlight of each holiday season for us.
A special thank you to everyone who made our newest holiday initiative, Adopt-a-Senior, such a sensation! More than 700 gift bags were donated to this program alone! We had enough gifts for all our Senior Dining clients and then some! The gift bags were distributed to local seniors through CAP’s home delivered meals and congregate dining programs, as well as through Chore, SNAP Outreach, and our food shelf. The seniors who received gifts were so excited and grateful. One local business, Entrust Datacard, donated 225 bags, worth $4500. Their employee driven “Giving Committee” collected donations and put together the bags at their office. Employees then helped deliver bags to clients in Apple Valley, Chanhassen and Chaska. They delivered extra bags to the Shakopee CAP office to be distributed to other clients in the area. One Entrust Datacard employee was “so touched by the many smiles, hugs and joyful tears that seniors had” when they received their gifts.
The outpouring of generosity at the holidays is always humbling, but what continues to amaze and uplift me is the support that we receive from our community throughout the entire year. Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Remember, We Are All Connected.