Food Access Overview
Covid-19 Emergency Food Distribution
COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution. With 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.
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!
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Food Access/Rutabaga Project Staff
AEOA Food Access Manager
Rutabaga Project Manager