The featured partner this month is Keystone Community Services. Founded in 1939 by community volunteers, Keystone Community Services is a multi-service nonprofit organization that provides high-quality social services in the community and in neighborhood gathering places to support and strengthen individuals, families and communities. Keystone has seven sites throughout the St. Paul area and serves more than 35,000 people through services in the areas of basic needs, youth school success and healthy development, youth employment, and senior services. More than 3,000 community volunteers, along with donor support, make Keystone’s work possible!
Keystone believes that all of our neighbors in need should have access to vital supports to be stable and thriving. To be successful, people need access to healthy food resources. In addition to operating three food shelves, Keystone has expanded food support programs by increasing distributions through Foodmobile (a mobile food shelf program) and continuing to offer free farmers market events throughout the summer growing season. Through all these efforts, Keystone is supporting individuals and families in need by giving them access to nutritious food.
Want to support Keystone’s food shelf efforts? March is a great time to get involved with food shelves like Keystone. Throughout the month, food shelves across the state work with local businesses, faith communities and individuals to raise funds and stock food shelves with fresh food. Need some inspiration about how to get involved? Here are some ideas:
- Hold a food drive – ask your employer or faith community to hold a food drive.
- Collect specialty food items with your book club or group of friends – read a book about hunger or a story prominently featuring food and bring specialty food items to donate to your next gathering.
- Engage children – encourage kids to get their favorite food items at the grocery store to donate for other kids at the food shelf.
- Ask your family to support a charity on your behalf – celebrate your birthday, anniversary or other important milestone by having friends donate to food shelf in your honor.
Find your way to support neighbors in need this March!
Keystone Community Services relies on the generous support of the community to further their mission. You can donate to or volunteer with Keystone Community Services to support neighbors in need. If you are interested in learning more about Keystone, click here.