April 18, 2017 @ 12:58 PM
ICA’s case managers Jessie Billiet and Pat Gau are at the heart of ICA’s services. Pat and Jessie meet with almost every client and have contact with many of our volunteers. They are often the first face of ICA, the first to work with a client, and the first person to whom clients entrust their story.
ICA’s case managers help in three primary ways:
1. Navigate the food shelf and ICA’s services.
2. Provide referrals to other agencies.
3. Work with clients to prevent homelessness.
Food Shelf Navigation
Seeking assistance for the first time can be overwhelming. Jessie and Pat hear from clients every week: “I never thought I’d be here.” At a client’s first appointment, .........
August 1, 2016 @ 2:32 PM
Update: Last Week’s Storm and Power Outage
Remember last week’s severe storm? The one on July 5th that left 75,000 of us without power?
Unfortunately, ICA’s K-Tel location was one of those left without power! Our power was out for about 25 hours, long enough that we had to throw out more than 9,500 pounds of food from our coolers. The most costly items that we lost were the purchased milk, butter, and eggs. Thankfully, the food in our freezer stayed cold enough that it wasn’t affected.
During the power outage, we served clients as best we could—without lights! Luckily the light from our front windows allowed us to safely hand out emergency bags and fresh produce rescued that morning from local .........
August 1, 2016 @ 1:52 PM
Big Island & Back! 10K Paddle
We're less than two weeks away from one Lake Minnetonka's coolest events, the Big Island & Back 10K Paddle!
Come join us! Similar to January's ski event, except warm, sunny, wet, and family friendly!
If you are still unsure, Big Island & Back put together a list of the Top Ten Reasons to Register:
10. All of the registration money is donated to ICA Food Shelf and the Freshwater Society.
9. Free pre-race yoga class at the beach at 9 am with Spirit of the Lakes Yoga.
8. Beer preems from Rick and Justin at the mid-point (north side of Big Island).
7. A great party at Excelsior Brewing Company with the band Train Wreck.
6. A free logo pint glass (.........
July 1, 2016 @ 2:16 PM
Minnetonka Family Collaborative recently gave ICA a grant for $10,000. The grant is for our Weekend Food and Snack programs, which provide snacks and take-home bags of food for kids in our local schools. Thank you to the Minnetonka Family Collaborative for your partnership and support!
ICA also recently received a Gibney Award for $5,000 from the University of St. Thomas. Thank you for this wonderful award!
July 1, 2016 @ 2:15 PM
Food Rescue: How Does it Work?
July 1, 2016 @ 2:12 PM
Target has been a longtime partner and supporter of ICA Food Shelf, and one of the ways in which Target has had the biggest impact is through our Food Rescue program. Target was one of the grocery partners that agreed to be a part of Food Rescue when we first began the program in 2010. Since that time, we have picked up food five days a week from the Ridgedale, Knollwood, and Minnetonka locations.
In 2015, Target donated 460,440 pounds of food to ICA, which provided 375,700 meals to neighbors in our community. In addition to donating food that would otherwise be thrown away, the Target Foundation has supported ICA through multiple grants over the years. Target employees also volunteer at ICA throughout the year. Most recently, a group of .........
July 1, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
Summer is here! In Minnesota, we look forward to this glorious season all year, and make the most out of every day. Picnics, barbecues, time near water…Minnesotans know how to enjoy summer to the fullest. However, for many of our local kids, summertime is not such a joyous occasion: it’s hard to have fun when you’re hungry.
In ICA’s service area, nearly one in every five children is eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. Providing those meals falls to families in the summer, which adds an extra burden to those already struggling.
We who live here in Minnetonka, Hopkins, Excelsior, Deephaven, Shorewood, Greenwood, and Woodland are committed to ensuring that none of our neighbors go hungry—especially.........
July 1, 2016 @ 2:06 PM
A Favorite Program Returns!
We are so excited to bring back our summer food program for kids! Newly renamed, the ICA Kids’ Summer Market will provide clients with extra food for every school-aged child in their family this summer.
How does it work? Clients get to choose five additional items for each school-aged child in their household. Our food logistics team has created an extra section in the store with kid-friendly foods from which clients can choose. Think macaroni and cheese, carrot sticks and ranch, peanut butter and jelly sandwich fixings, and other kid-friendly items.
When we have offered this program in previous years, families received a prepackaged bag of food per child. We are so excited to .........
May 12, 2016 @ 12:58 PM
March Campaign Update:
A Huge Success!
We are so pleased to announce that we met and exceeded our goal for the March Campaign!
Our goal was to raise 150K in March: $150,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.
Through our community's amazing efforts, large and small, we raised a total of $162,000 and 180,490 pounds of food!
Thank you so much to everyone who made this achievement possible! We had more than 30 community events in March--food drives, round ups, office competitions, and more, as businesses, congregations, schools, organizations, and individuals came together to support our neighbors in need.
May 11, 2016 @ 12:46 PM
The Star Tribune recently published an article about Hopkins Village, a high-rise apartment building for low-income seniors in Hopkins.
The article addresses the plans of Hopkins Village to renovate the building, causing many residents to fear that they would be forced out of their homes. The developers plan to make improvements and keep the existing residents, bucking the current trend of renovating low-income housing to make way for higher-income residents. The developers are also planning additional housing for moderate-income residents.
Hopkins Village is one of the sites servec by ICA's Mobile Food Shelf. This is great news for the residents of Hopkins Village, as well as our broader community.
Read the article ......