Press Release – for immediate release
March 16, 2020
From: Hastings Family Service
Contact: Chris Koop 651-437-7134
HASTINGS FAMILY SERVICE MODIFIES SERVICES
Effective March 16, 2020, Hastings Family Service will be modifying delivery of services to ensure that social distancing and safety protocol can be maintained. While Rivertown Treasures and the HFS building will be closed to the public, essential services will continue to be available.
At this time, HFS has implemented a drive-thru food shelf pickup service and online/phone financial assistance is available, and we are working with Allina to provide a revised Meals on Wheels delivery. The Business Center, Dakota County Financial Worker and Ally Homeless Street Outreach office hours will be unavailable during the closure. Just Friends transportation will be limited to dialysis patients only.
All other services including the Donation Center and clothing and household vouchers through Rivertown Treasures will be suspended until further notice. Please do not drop items at the doors or in the alley; this is not helpful and just requires us to dispose of it at that point.
To receive services: If you would like to schedule food or financial assistance, please call 651-437-7134 for intake and pick up information. Current Meals on Wheels clients will be provided with information on necessary changes in service. Please call 651-404-1548 for questions regarding your delivery.
To help: The best way for the community to help right now is through a financial donation. With the postponement of the Hastings Tastings event and the closure of Rivertown Treasures, we expect to face a significant shortfall at a time we are anticipating an increase in demand. Financial gifts allow HFS to increase purchases from Second Harvest Heartland and local distributors as we strive to meet the needs at this time.
It is still MN FoodShare month so all food and monetary donations will be proportionately matched through April 12th. Food donations can be made by calling 651-437-7134 to schedule a drop off at our drive thru. Please go to our website to see our most needed items or go to Cub or Coborn’s and purchase a pre-packed grocery bag that will be delivered to HFS. Please call 651-437-7134 to schedule your food delivery. We are also in need of paper bags and will have a delivery receptacle for paper bags at our Donation Center doors.
HFS will have limited volunteer roles in our Meals on Wheels and Food Shelf operations. Many of our dedicated volunteers are at higher risk due to their age and it is our top priority to keep them safe. So if you are healthy, please check out temporary volunteer opportunities on our website.
Go to www.hastingsfamilyservice.org for specific information and to stay up to date on the status of service delivery and most needed items. The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we appreciate your cooperation, patience and assistance.