Food Access Overview



Covid-19 Emergency Food Distribution

 
foodevent3COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution. W
ith the large numbers of our family, friends and neighbors impacted by the pandemic, many are turning to emergency food access resources to offset losses in income from furloughs and job losses. We have hosted and partnered with other area partners to provide free food distribution events to families in need. AEOA is very thankful for community sponsors and local businesses, Arrowhead Transit for food transport, volunteers, and event coordinators for their hard work in making sure our community is fed.


For more information on our Food Distribution Events, please visit www.facebook.com/aeoaofficial or contact AEOA Food Access Manager, Kelsey Gantzer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Rutabaga Project Background

In 2013, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) and Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS) began discussing how to make healthy, local food accessible to everyone in Minnesota's Iron Range. Through collaborative efforts, the Rutabaga Project was born in December 2015. The Rutabaga Project listened to the needs of community members in Virginia, MN to create a greater accessibility to healthy, local food. Some projects include: SNAP/EBT access and match at three farmers markets, Power of Produce Club at three farmers markets, DIY Meal Kits at two local grocery stores, Garden-in-a-Box sites across Virginia, Growing Together Community Gardens at five sites, CSA Shares to seniors, healthy corner store projects, and more! 

"AEOA and the Rutabaga Project have created the NE MN Food Access Guide, which has information on area food shelf hours and locations, grocery financial assistance programs, free meals, and food prep resources. Contact Dani Pieratos at phone: 218-410-0005, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any questions or updates to the guide."




 



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Food Access/Rutabaga Project Staff 




Kelsey Gantzer

AEOA Food Access Manager

Rutabaga Project Manager

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Dani Pieratos

AEOA Food Access Coordinator

Rutabaga Project Coordinator

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