Nourishing Students with Meals for Minds
Each month I am delighted to see so many sweet faces of the students that benefit from a CEAP and Target collaboration called, “Meals for Minds.” CEAP sets up essentially a mobile food shelf in the school cafeteria and students enrolled at the school come with their parents to pick up 22 pounds of fresh and healthy food per student. At least half or more of the food is fresh produce like lettuce, oranges, apples, potatoes, onions, eggs, and carrots. The set up and distribution is made possible by wonderful volunteers from all sorts of organizations and corporate groups. We’ve had many groups including McDonald’s, Luther Brookdale, Daily Printing, Cargill, Ameriprise, United Health Group, Target, and countless individuals from the community.
“It’s really rewarding to give food directly into the hands of kids,” said a Meals for Minds volunteer. The smile on their faces when they reach for something they like, and the appreciation in the eyes of parents and students is truly rewarding.
Meals for Minds distributions happen once a month at two schools; Zanewood Community School and Garden City Elementary. We are looking for more corporate groups to help out through May. Contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-450-3679.
Alexa Artmann, Program Coordinator