Greater Twin Cities United Way is inviting community to donate culturally specific food, including sauces and spices, to one of several drop-off sites, through April 9.
Many food shelves in the Twin Cities are in areas with the highest concentrations of immigrants, yet the bulk of food donated are foods associated with the white population. According to The Food Group, one of the main barriers for using food shelves among people who seek support is inaccessibility to familiar foods they know how to cook.
CAPI, CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio), and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center are collecting any of seven “Flavors of Our Community Packs.” (The packs contain items essential to the cultures each food shelf serves, including Southeast Asian, Afghan and Latinx communities. To participate, go to www.gtcuw.org/flavors, select a food pack, purchase the items, assemble and drop them off at the listed locations.