As the Twin Cities continues cleanup efforts of the over 500 damaged and looted business, and are still amid disruptions of access to food and supplies for thousands, requests for assistance have come in many forms. We have been working daily to respond to the community needs.
Our response efforts so far have included delivering food to multiple community pop-up and established food banks in Minneapolis and St. Paul, assisting community food banks cleaning, organizing, and distributing food and supplies, and clearing debris/disinfecting local minority and women-owned businesses.
Our work is centered along, E. Lake Street in Minneapolis. NECHAMA staff and volunteers have so far cleaned and repaired eight small minority-owned businesses, restoring the damaged business, all of which are now operational.
We’ve delivered 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 Pop Up Distribution Centers to organize, procure donations, deliver food/supplies, and transport food overflow to other local food banks. We worked at the following locations:
In partnership with Footprint Project, we erected, and maintained an FP solar tent to be used as the medic tent, and installed a solar trailer for the residents to charge small electronics. These have since been removed.
Shortly after the tenants of the temporary housing at the Sheridan Hotel were relocated to the Powderhorn Park Sanctuary, we set up our portable two-stall shower trailer in cooperation with the Parks Department, where it remains in use today. NECHAMA is responsible for the daily operation of the shower.