CROSS grows capacity for fresh produce

In 2013, nearly 700,000 pounds of food was provided to over 1,900 local families living in Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo and Rogers. Over 25 percent of this food was fresh produce.

CROSS has a new freezer for fresh produce and other goods.
CROSS has a new freezer for fresh produce and other goods.

Annually, CROSS provides food to approximately 6,500 individuals (46 percent are children under the age of 18, while 13 percent are over the age of 56). An average of 100 pounds of food is provided to each individual throughout a year’s time (25 pounds of which is fresh produce).

Fresh produce donations from local farmers, community gardens, and local farmer markets are very important as they provide much needed nutritious value to families that often have to skip meals to stretch their food quantity each month.

Through a combination of funding from Rotary Club of Rogers, Hunger Free MN, Hunger Solutions MN, Hennepin County Recycling, and Allina Health, CROSS has a new freezer and has doubled the size of our cooler storage.

CROSS appreciates the volunteer help from the Rotary Club of Rogers and the hardworking volunteers and staff as they worked alongside crews from Britz Store Equipment and Custom Conduit Electric. All this support meant CROSS was able to turn the walk in cooler/freezer into a walk through cooler and a grocery-style glass door freezer unit.

The fresh products will stay fresher longer while greatly reducing the number of times the produce needs to be moved by volunteer from donor to family as they are now able to walk through the double cooler to choose their fresh produce.

To find out more about CROSS food, housing, clothing, Meals on Wheels, and special programs for children and the elderly, visit the website, or contact CROSS at 12915 Weinand Circle in Rogers, or call 763-425-1050 for more information.