Our Response to COVID-19 - April 2020
“Thank you for supporting the new food delivery program and helping me have food dropped off where I work . My local food shelf is closed and I can't make hours of most food shelves because of my schedule. ”
- A Valley Outreach Client
Dear supporters of Valley Outreach,

Thanks to you we've been able to offer respond quickly and safely to the needs of our community during this particularly difficult time. We're distributing a mix of nourishing, fresh staples and non-perishable pantry items to hundreds of families every week through our drive-up service model. We're also providing phone support to people who need help accessing critical resources. Last week, we started supporting a food delivery program in partnership with Washington County, the Met Council and four other food banks. It's a great collaboration that gets food to people who need it.

Last week was National Volunteer Week, in case you missed it, check out this video message from Tracy thanking our more than 800 volunteers who help make Valley Outreach the community-powered organization that it is.

Your support gives us the stability and flexibility to continue to work hard for our community. Because of you, we can confidently say, "We're here if you need us." Thank you.

Let's make it better. Together.

  • We have new volunteer opportunities with special requirements to support our drive-up service food distribution model. These requirements align with CDC and MDH recommendations for social distancing and safety. Please read our full post for details.

  • We are open to clients for drive-up food service Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. We are prioritizing food distribution and phone-based support.

  • We are only accepting financial donations at this time. We are not accepting food, personal care items or clothing donations currently. 

  • Our building is closed to the public. Our clothing program, StyleXchange, is closed and Bonus Friday is canceled for the time being.

GiveMN.org is launching #GiveAtHomeMN from Friday, May 1 to Friday, May 8 as a celebration of Minnesota's generosity during tough times, a call to give back as we're able to help the organizations that make our state a great place to live, work and play.

Nonprofit organizations will be eligible for drawings for bonus grants - a $250 bonus every hour and a $2,500 bonus every day - for every donation they receive through their GiveMN.org fundraising page during the event!
Stay tuned to www.valleyoutreachmn.org and our social media for updates.
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