Posted on 25 June 2020 by Tesha Christensen

On Thursday, May 28, Touchstone Mental Health announced there would be a Food Drive for Minnehaha Commons Residents (3001 E. Lake St.) the following day. Within a half an hour of the drop off time on the 29th, there were so many donations they offered them up to the community at large, curbside. Hundreds of families picked up food. “It was so unexpected to have such a massive response,” said Touchstone Mental Health Executive Director Ellie Skelton. Also unexpected, she said, the tenants at Minnehaha Commons were really involved in greeting people and moving donations. “It turned a stressful day for all of us into a very positive experience. The residents received and gave support, and we all felt more connected to the Longfellow community.” For a list of food pantries, visit this website: (Photos submitted)


Over 25,000+ bags of food were dropped off and donated at Sanford Middle School on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Laura Mylan, Cathy Carmody, and Mara Thill Bernick had the idea to provide food for the Sanford staff families. It went viral and there was plenty for others. From organizers via the Longfellow Strong Facebook page: “They filled the Sanford parking lot and wrapped around the building, filled the cafeteria, and 6 really big trucks. And, we were able to send additional truckloads to the Midway, North Minneapolis, Cedar Riverside, East Lake and more. We had mountain of cereal, and mountain of diapers. We had each other. What more could we want. Please know that this food will help families in the weeks to come as we rebuild.” More photos in the Messenger Facebook photo galleries. (Photos by Terry Faust)