As of June 1, CROSS is extending its evening hours for working families/individuals and closing on Fridays before rush hour traffic on I-94W is at its peak. Historically, Friday traffic leaving the city has made it nearly impossible for families to get to the offices before 4 p.m.
New hours will be Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursdays from 2 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There are many working families (households) in our communities not eligible for government assistance programs such as SNAP (formally called Food Stamps), reduced school lunch fees or housing support. Often they make just a few dollars a month too much to receive this subsidized support. CROSS knows that just a few dollars extra a month is not enough to cover the rising costs of food, transportation, and housing needs.
Because CROSS is very aware of the high costs of housing (rent and mortgages), food, and the much needed transportation in our geographic area, we are extending evening hours an extra hour, taking its last appointments at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. CROSS is hoping this change will make its food shelf and other programs more accessible for those working the regular 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs providing the extra time they would need to get from their place of work to CROSS.
CROSS food shelf is a “choice” program meaning that the family or individual shops in its warehouse to pick their own food. This allows the opportunity for them to choose food appropriate for their households tastes and special diets. These newly extended evening hours will also accommodate the extra time needed for this shopping option. A second change this summer: Due the generous support from CROSS’ community, families and individuals will now be able to pick up bread and fresh produce on a weekly basis.
Spread the word that CROSS can help more working people now more than ever before. Call CROSS at 763-425-1050 to make an appointment or to volunteer or for more information about CROSS services in the Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo and Rogers communities. Visit www.CROSSservices.org.