The Edina Challenge is a collaborative effort led by the Edina Community Foundation to ensure that disadvantaged youth in Edina have every opportunity for success. When the Edina Challenge was started in 2013, team members worked to identify the barriers to success for the 750 Edina kids who qualified for free or reduced priced meals. While many of these families have a stable home life, a number of these kids deal with homelessness, lack of nutritional food (especially on the weekends), lack of a mentor in their lives, and difficulty being physically active.
This month, we are spotlighting The Sheridan Story.
Did you know that more than 200,000 children in Minnesota live with food insecurity? Without reliable access to food such as meal programs at school, the risk of hunger is very real, and not having regular access to nutritious food can hold children back from having a healthy life. The Sheridan Story works to combat hunger in our community by filling the gaps to food access that children face: primarily on weekends and summers.
The Sheridan Story’s role is to manage the operations and logistics of the weekend food program to ensure it runs smoothly and is well supported. The Sheridan Story sources the food and runs the inventory management and food packing events at their facility in Roseville. They also store and deliver the packed food to the schools and provide helpful materials including promotional material, multiple-language permission slips, and sponsor fundraising tools.
The Sheridan Story takes a unique approach to fighting child hunger. While not a typical “backpack program,” The Sheridan Story is a full-service non-profit organization specializing in equipping the community to implement weekend food programs in their local schools. They are a mobile delivery solution, providing food to children right where they are—at school. With the help of The Sheridan Story’s community volunteers, children are given a five pound bag of substantive, nutritious food directly in their backpacks every Friday afternoon.
In the summer, The Sheridan Story provides bags of food to summer school students, as well as to children of migrant farm workers. Fresh produce is provided by Surly and Dangerous Man breweries that each run community gardens from which The Sheridan Story collects produce which is then distributed weekly from mid-July through September to a number of students in the Minneapolis Public Schools. If you have a garden and would like to donate produce, contact The Sheridan Story.
The Sheridan Story is committed to implementing a weekend food program so that no child goes hungry. They currently run the Weekend Food Program in 200 schools throughout Minnesota, serving 6,000 kids every week.
How can you help?
Sponsor a school
Fundraise – do you have an event where you can fundraise for Sheridan Story?
Volunteer – get a group together to pack food in the Sheridan Story warehouse
Host a food drive – your company, church, sports organization, etc. can host a food drive
Which ever way you decide to get involved, The Sheridan Story can provide you with all of the materials you need. Get information at www.thesheridanstory.org or by reaching out to Elizabeth Tenpas, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-568-4051.