Thanks to our generous supporters, Open Your Heart provided White Bear Area Food Shelf (WBAFS) with funding to help rebuild their Emergency Fund.

WBAFS has served as a critical resource for families experiencing food insecurity since 1977.  Providing food and support to over 1,800 families each month, they work toward eliminating barriers that have traditionally limited access to healthy food for families living on a low or fixed income.  Their vision is to end food insecurity in the White Bear Area. They provide food and support to neighbors who self-identify a need for food.  Their programs are open to anyone in need of food regardless of geographic boundaries.

Through their Emergency Fund, households can request up to $500 every 18 months to cover expenses like car repair, rental assistance, tools for work, registration fees, beds, etc. This fund helps WBAFS to fill the gap between other social service and assistance programs. There is often rental assistance available, but sometimes people need help with a rental deposit, cleaning fess associated with moving, or furnishings. WBAFS can respond nimbly with its assistance, without delays. WBAFS’ Emergency Fund helps fill financial gaps and stabilize individuals and families in need.

Thank you, White Bear Area Food Shelf, for everything you do!