Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf had to unexpectedly close for eight weeks after winter storms caused water damage in their building. The organization is a critical piece of Dakota County’s food safety net for hundreds of households every month.

This spring 360 Communities, The Open Door, and ISD 191 Community Education partnered to help families impacted by the closure. Together, we delivered produce and other fresh foods at three mobile food distributions at Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville.

“Fruit of the Vine and The Open Door are essential food shelf partners in meeting the needs of families experiencing poverty and hunger in Dakota County,” said 360 Communities President and CEO Jeff Mortensen, “We know that when a nonprofit is impacted with a closure, the hunger need does not disappear. It only makes sense to collaborate as organizations to ensure families continue to have access to the nutrition they need.”

More than 200 Fruit of the Vine families benefited from the mobile food distributions. In total, they took home over 10,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, bread, and dairy.  

If you are in need of food assistance, visit one of our food shelves. Follow the link to find addresses and phone numbers to set up your appointment today. 

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