PRISM Hands Out Food with Drive-Through Service
Workers at PRISM in Golden Valley are busy ramping up their efforts to help meet the demand during the coronavirus outbreak.
“This is for anybody. We don’t turn anyone away, ever,” said Executive Director Michelle Ness.
Ness says they are adjusting how they deliver services to the community.
The PRISM building in Golden Valley is closed to the public. So, instead of clients coming into the building to get food, they are going to get supplies through a drive-through.
“Families are receiving about 60 pounds of food. They are receiving non perishables, dairy, meat and produce,” explained Ness. “We are seeing new visitors coming in and returning food shelf users,” said Ness.
PRISM’s ability to be able to respond in a time of crisis depends on generosity from the community. People like Jennifer Qualen are driving up and dropping off goods.
“I just wanted to bring in some food, because I feel with all the kids home from school there’s probably families in more need than normal because their kids are not eating at school,” said Qualen.
PRISM officials say they want to make sure they can help as many people as they can during this time of uncertainty and chaos.
“Where we are right now, we can definitely help, and we can help for a long time. How long we can hold this for, that’s kind of the key question,” said Ness.
CEAP in Brooklyn Center is also open to assist people, but you have to make an appointment first.
The Greater Twin Cities United Way also has resources. You can reach them by dialing 211.