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Farmington volunteers come together to feed the community

Farmington's Allina Clinic hopes a little community service will help build connections in the city.

On Saturday the clinic joined Allina locations across the area to pack tens of thousands of meals for local food shelves. According to company estimates, more than 1,800 volunteers at 40 sites assembled more than 50,000 meal packs. Each pack is designed to feed four people with cans of corn and black beans, tomatoes, chicken, brown rice and recipes on healthy living. The efforts were run by clinic staff as well as volunteers from the community.

Teresa Nelson, the volunteer coordinator for the Farmington clinic's effort, said the idea is to build connections between Allina and the community while also trying to develop healthy eating habits among Farmington residents.

In Farmington, 38 employee volunteers and 28 community members turned up to pack meals. They put together 740 food packs in about an hour.

All of the meal packs put together locally were donated to the Farmington Food Shelf.

"We could have packed more," Nelson said. "We had an overflow of community volunteers."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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