Following the riots after the shooting of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, the Twin Cities launched cleanup efforts of the over 500 damaged and looted business and assisted with disruptions of access to food and supplies for thousands. Requests for assistance came in many forms. We worked daily to respond to the community needs.
Our response efforts included delivering food to multiple temporary and established food banks in Minneapolis and St. Paul, assisting community food banks in sanitizing, organizing, and distributing food and supplies, and clearing debris from local businesses damaged during the riots.
Our work was centered along East Lake Street in Minneapolis, MN. NECHAMA staff and volunteers cleaned and repaired eight small businesses, restoring the damaged business to an operational state.
NECHAMA delivered over 1,000 hot meals to temporary housing areas and a food bank in partnership with Reverie, a Minneapolis restaurant.
We worked with local Food Banks and temporary distribution centers to procure donations, organize, deliver food/supplies, and transport food overflow to other local food banks. We worked at the following locations:
Shortly after the tenants of the temporary housing in the Sheridan Hotel were relocated to the Powderhorn Park Sanctuary, we set up our portable two-stall shower trailer in cooperation with the Minneapolis Parks Department for use by the residents of the sanctuary.
In partnership with Footprint Project, we installed and maintained a Footprint Project solar tent to be used as a medic tent, and installed a solar trailer for the residents living in the Powderhorn Sanctuary to use to charge small electronics.