Love INC – Heartland received a $15,000 grant earlier this month, thanks to funds from the Cargill Salt (Hopkins Community Group) and the Cargill Corporate matching program. The grant will be used to fuel Love INC’s food and education programs, which help hundreds of families in the western Twin Cities area.
This year, Love INC has four free Food for Friends distributions planned during the summer months. For families who benefit from free and reduced school lunches, summer adds greatly to their financial stress. "I once had a mother tell me through tears that she could not afford to feed her three teenagers during the summer," Executive Director Terri Harris said. "As the number of families in need continues to grow, we will be able to help ease some of the financial burdens". This gift will greatly help Love INC – Heartland continue to provide services to those in need in 11 different local communities. Food distributions will be held in June, July, August and October, they are open to anyone in our service area who is in need of help."
Love INC – Heartland will also use the grant money to continue helping families through their "School for Life" classes. In these weekly classes, neighbors in need are paired with a friendly advisor while they also receive class instruction. Classes such as Money Management, Nutrition, Economical Cuisine and Successful Parenting are offered in eight-week modules. Each week, as families complete homework and maintain attendance, they receive a week’s worth of groceries as an incentive. On average, a family can pay down $10,000 in debt during a year of classes. Class participants report a significant decrease in family stress and an increased ability to pay off bills.
Love INC’s ministries include Lullaby (baby gear & diapers), Furniture, Bedding, Housewares, Clothing, Personal Care items and more. They are continually in need of diapers, especially larger sizes, twin and queen (double) size beds, new pillows and bedding. If you would like to donate items please contact the Love INC office. To make a financial donation you may go on line to www.loveincheartland.org, or mail to PO Box 143, Delano, MN 55328.
Love INC – Heartland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, and 84% of every dollar donated goes directly to local programs and local people in need. They serve residents of Rockford, Mayer, Montrose, Howard Lake, Waverly, Delano, Watertown, Maple Plain, Independence, Loretto and Greenfield. In 2011 Love INC – Heartland was able
to serve 8 percent of (unduplicated) individuals in their service area. If you would like to become involved with Love INC – Heartland by volunteering or donating, please contact their office at 763-972-6547.
Love INC – Heartland is a network of 25 area churches of 14 denominations that cooperatively work together to support neighbors in need. Love INC – Heartland, headquartered at 318 Railroad Street in Delano, operates a Gift and Thrift store that is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.