Though the pandemic presents a barrier to many of our activities, our meal distribution program has continued to expand. This past weekend, we joined up with YWCA Minneapolis-Midtown on Lake Street to distribute meals to the local community.
Despite the fall chill in the air, it was a busy day at the Midtown YWCA. We have been distributing meals — prepared with India Kitchen Dinkytown — throughout the pandemic. YWCA volunteers handed out hygiene kits while SEWA staff gave out 190 nutritious, culturally-specific meals.
Prior to joining with YWCA Midtown, we set up shop at CAPI USA Brooklyn Park for a day of meal distribution a couple weeks ago. This weekend’s event at the YWCA will be the first of several throughout the fall.
Thanks to a generous grant from Meals on Wheels, we have been able to expand our meal distribution programs significantly. Events such as these will continue throughout the fall along with flu shot popups. COVID-19 may have made things more complicated, but our goal and passion to serve our community remains.
It was extra special to be distributing meals from the YWCA Midtown, as it is only a mile down the road from Sewa’s Lake Street office. Much of Lake Street has been (and remains) boarded up since the George Floyd demonstrations over the summer.
The Lake Street Aldi across the street from the YWCA has reopened and the Cub Foods has opened a temporary structure to replace the damaged permanent location. The Lake Street Target remains closed due to damages. Until local groceries can reopen, the need for food distribution is ongoing.
We will continue to work with India Kitchen Dinkytown and the Midtown YWCA to serve our local community and distribute nutritious food for all we can.