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Y&G News pauses out of respect, remembrance

The Iris flower symbolize hope.

Dear Minnesota gardeners,

We are pausing our yard and garden posts to grieve and honor the memory of Mr. George Floyd and to respect the challenges residents and communities are facing. Our hearts go out to all people of Minnesota and across the nation, and we stand with those working to bring real justice.

Please continue to make use of University of Minnesota Extension resources to help you in your yards and gardens, and also to help start the healing process and reduce stress by sharing food, flowers and green areas with others.

We encourage you to help those suffering from damage to their businesses, homes and resources they count on to live. Please give your time, money, creativity and skills to help neighbors and neighborhoods recover from the devastation of the past week.

Below are some of the ways to get help and to provide support.

Stay safe and well.

-- Your Extension Horticulture team

  • The Lake Street Council: 919 E Lake Street. The organization is asking for donations to help small businesses and nonprofits in the Lake Street community to help them rebuild their storefronts. Donations can be made on their website.
  • Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) Is accepting donation drop-offs at 3715 Chicago Ave. For more information, please call 612-824-1333.

Food pantries and food shelves in Minneapolis and St.Paul
  • Pop Up food pantry in North Minneapolis (Corner of Emerson and Broadway at US Bank Parking lot) and Saint Paul (corner of Central and Lexington) is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. They need storage, drivers/trucks & volunteers. If you can help, contact:
  • Hunger Solutions has a map showing food shelf locations and hours across all of Minneapolis.
  • Loaves & Fishes: This organization serves free, healthy meals to Minnesotans in need. Several locations are offering meals to the community. Click here to find a location near you.
  • Pow Wow Grounds: 1414 E Franklin Ave. The cafe asked for food donations and received an overwhelming response. Now, the business is asking for normal saline bags plus lines, clotting powder for wounds, diabetic Lancet testing plunger and ice packs. It is also requesting monetary donations through PayPal or in person with cash.
  • Food for the People: Shared Ground Farmers Cooperative is raising funds to donate fresh, locally grown produce to those who need it. This is a worker-owned cooperative, primarily made up of immigrant farmers and farmers of color. 
  • Growing Lots Urban Farm in Minneapolis runs a Share-a-Share program, with a fund covering discounted CSA shares and fresh food donation

  • Minneapolis Public Schools has daily food box pick-up starting at Longfellow Park on Monday, June 1. Free weekly food boxes will be available for pick-up at this site (3435 36th Avenue South) Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until further notice. 
  • Neighbors United Funding Collaborative is looking for donations to help small businesses and nonprofits rebuild. Donate at GiveMN.
  • Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave S., is accepting donations for those on the front lines. All are asked to bring food, masks, medical supplies and toiletries before curfew.

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