Changes have been taking place with the format of Women Who Really Cook membership and we're THRILLED to let you know that our 1st SERVICE MEETING was a gratifying success!
If you haven't already heard, we're adding community service as well as focused education opportunities to our already established networking gatherings!
For our June 21st meeting, 20 of us teamed up with community partner, MATTER, in St. Louis Park, and helped assemble & package meal snack packs. We also donated $500.00 to Matter to help cover the cost of the snacks.
We were hosted by Karen Mankikowski and Jen Ware at MATTER and given a great meal to start off the meeting (food pics below)!
We learned about their mission, were given a tour of their facilities, & then got to work in their warehouse area assembling meal snack packs that we got to then give to WWRC-partnered & Minneapolis-based organization, Urban Ventures!
MATTER is a Minnesota-based nonprofit whose mission is to expand access to health, medical aid, & food to communities next door and around the world. Since 2000, MATTER has distributed over $600 million in resources around the globe. The MATTERbox Concept is simple: a box of healthy, shelf-stable meals and nutrition education, helping people take their first steps toward a healthier life. MATTERbox provides healthy meals, packed by individuals and corporate groups of volunteers who participate in the MATTERbox Challenge. MATTERbox works with community members on the front lines of food insecurity every day to distribute MATTERboxes to those who can benefit most.
Finally...make sure to RSVP for the July 15th private tour at Ferndale Market's Farm (where MANY of Minnesota's Thanksgiving tables are graced by Ferndale's pastured turkeys)!