Happy Earth Food Drive
for at-risk Minnesotans
July - Dec. 2020
New Summer Clothes + Underwear
Tents, Stakes, Tarps
Sleeping Bags + Pads
Ropes + Bungee Cords
Rain Jackets + Gear
Lanterns + Flashlights
Batteries (especially D)
Towels + Blankets
Diapers (especially size 3-6)
Hand Sanitizer + Soap
Breakfast + Energy Bars
Bottled Water + Sports Drinks
Canned Veggies + Non-perishables
Canned Meats + Proteins
Soups + Stews
ALL OTHER FOOD DONATIONS
Leave out a donation on cleaning day and we'll distribute it to the areas of highest need, or...
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY
A devastating Hunger Surge is coming for Minnesota,
but we can act now to prevent it
The dual threats of COVID-19 and police brutality have adversely impacted Minnesota's at-risk populations. Minnesotans of color were disproportionately affected by the pandemic before the reckless actions of MPD made Minneapolis streets a dangerous place to live. Our neighbors in need sought shelter where they could, in parks or abandoned buildings, while the city burned around them. Most of them are still living in this dire situation. Second Harvest Heartland expects food shelf demand to jump 65% or more, and they'll need to deliver an extra 25 million meals to fill the hunger gap in Minnesota. That's on top of the 37 million meals they already plan to deliver. This hunger surge is coming as soon as August of 2020, when CARES Act funding dries up. The protests in Minneapolis have calmed down (a little), but these urgent needs are still growing across the state. Our annual food drive is now more important than ever, so we're starting early and giving broader.
Leave a donation of the supplies mentioned above clearly labeled in your home for us to collect on cleaning day
Our Happy Earthlings are "adopting" donation sites on the Twin Cities Mutual Aid Map; your donation might go to an urgent-need site later that evening on an employee's commute home
Non-urgent food donations and all online donations will benefit the food distribution network of Second Harvest Heartland
Donate online if you can't wait until cleaning day, or if you're not one of our customers
HOW THIS FOOD + SUPPLY DRIVE WORKS
THE NEED IS ONGOING
It's easy to volunteer or donate once and move on.
There are many ways to do a little more.*
Don’t buy from companies that use prison labor. Find a good list here.
Be honest about our U.S. history. One genocide, another genocide, then apartheid. It sucks, but it’s true. We’ll never be free from our history unless we’re honest about it.
Set up a sustaining contribution to anti-white supremacy work such as your local Black Lives Matter Chapter, the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, the NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, United Negro College Fund, Black Youth Project 100, Color of Change, The Sentencing Project, Families against Mandatory Minimums, A New Way of Life, Equal Justice Initiative, and Dream Defenders. Join some of these list-serves and take action as their emails dictate.
Call or write to your national legislators, state legislators, and governor in favor of affirmative action. Encourage friends to do the same.
Call or write to your state legislators and governor to support state-wide criminal justice reform including reducing mandatory minimum sentences, reducing sentences for non-violent drug crimes, passing “safety valve” law to allow judges to depart below a mandatory minimum sentence under certain conditions, passing alternatives to incarceration, etc. Study after study shows that racism fuels racial disparities in imprisonment, and about 90% of the US prison population are at the state and local level.
Research your local prosecutors. Prosecutors have a lot of power to give fair sentences or Draconian ones, influence a judge’s decision to set bail or not, etc. In the past election, a slew of fair-minded prosecutors were elected. We need more.
Know what indigenous land you’re living on by looking at this map and research the groups that occupied that land before you did. Find out what local activism those groups are doing and give your money and time to those efforts.
Attend town halls, candidate meet-and-greets, etc for political candidates and ask about ending mass incarceration, reducing mandatory minimum sentences, reducing or ending solitary confinement, decriminalizing weed, ending cash bail, divesting from private prisons, etc.
*Everything on this list comes from the exhaustive article 97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. White allies are in a unique position to leverage their privilege to accelerate desperately needed societal and economic change by taking aggressive action on the items in that article.