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Building more choice into the Farmington Food Shelf

360 Communities and Farmington Lutheran Church have partnered to bring a shopping model food shelf to Farmington this fall. The existing food shelf is undergoing a transformation that will result in an increased ability to serve Farmington families with more healthy choices and additional support.  

Over the past several years, 360 Communities increased its healthy […]

By |October 19th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Building more choice into the Farmington Food Shelf

360 Communities Farmington Food Shelf to transform into healthy food shopping model

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

Thomas helps manage his chronic illnesses with fresh produce and other healthy options he finds at the 360 Communities Burnsville Food Shelf. He appreciates the variety of food and the shopping experience offered, and he finds engaging with 360 Communities staff and volunteers dignifying.

“Family and friends can start to pull […]

By |August 16th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities Farmington Food Shelf to transform into healthy food shopping model

360 Communities adapts to meet the needs and the future

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

The community landscape is ever-changing. Populations shift, new needs develop, and resources expand and contract. For more than 45 years, 360 Communities staff members have worked hard to understand clients holistically and provide customized support. Our mission reads: In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope […]

By |February 17th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Sexual Assault Services, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on 360 Communities adapts to meet the needs and the future

Armful of Love is a holiday miracle

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

I mentor a group of eighth-grade boys with a friend of mine, and for this year’s community service project, the group volunteered at 360 Communities Armful of Love.  Volunteering and participating in community service is a healthy developmental aspect for people and an important part of growing vibrant communities.  The […]

By |December 21st, 2017|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Armful of Love is a holiday miracle

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a SuperShelf!

Our Daily Bread Food Shelf at Shepherd of the Valley Church in Apple Valley recently became the second 360 Communities food shelf to transform into a healthy SuperShelf! The SuperShelf pilot study was developed in partnership by HealthPartners, Valley Outreach, The Food Group, University of Minnesota Extension and Department of Family Medicine and Community […]

By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a SuperShelf!

One afternoon at the Burnsville Family Resource Center makes a difference

Distraught and in tears, Cassidy walked into the 360 Communities Burnsville Family Resource Center searching for any kind of help. The single mother of three children had been struggling financially ever since losing her job eight months ago. Cassidy had searched for employment but was unable to land a job. She consequently lost her […]

By |August 1st, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on One afternoon at the Burnsville Family Resource Center makes a difference

Dakota County Public Health recognizes Rychner’s work

The Dakota County Public Health Department recently recognized 360 Communities’ Director of Self-Sufficiency Anika Rychner with a Public Health Achievement Award Honorable Mention in recognition of her work to transform 360 Communities food shelf system to deliver healthier choices to our clients.

“This is more than a personal honor for me,” says Rychner, “It really […]

By |May 20th, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Press Release, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Dakota County Public Health recognizes Rychner’s work

Our roles in navigating community fear and uncertainty

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

Imagine not knowing how you’re going to provide the evening meal for your children when they arrive home from school. Imagine arriving home 15 minutes late and looking at yourself in the car’s rearview mirror before you enter your home…recalling the facial bruises your spouse brutally inflicted on you the […]

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Our roles in navigating community fear and uncertainty

360 Communities shatters March Campaign goals!

During Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign, 360 Communities had goals of raising $100,000 and 50,000 pounds of food to help fight hunger in Dakota County.

Together, we beat both goals and collected more than $110,000 and over 94,000 pounds of food! Businesses, faith communities, schools, law enforcement agencies and more ran fund and food drives for us. […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities shatters March Campaign goals!

360 Communities’ approach supports self-sufficiency

When 360 Communities Housing Support Worker Marissa first met Meredith in 2015, she had just moved into Dakota Woodlands homeless shelter with her two sons. Meredith was able to find housing and obtain a 24-month housing subsidy through Dakota County, moving herself and her sons into a townhome in Lakeville. Having her rent subsidized […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities’ approach supports self-sufficiency