Got rice?


by Nekessa Opoti • Some bad news, and then some good news. I will start with the bad. If you have read today’s headlines you will have seen that the national unemployment numbers are out. Over half a million Americans have lost their jobs in the last month!

Read here for a summary on the twin cities job market.

I realize that these numbers are not abstract– these are real people. So here on MinneAfrica and elsewhere we will try and share recession-related resources with our readers. And that would be the good news.

One of my friends who has been out of a job for over three months discovered VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) where she got enough groceries to last her a couple of weeks. Check them out. If you don’t need their services, see about volunteering with them. You will have to call (952-888-9616) in advance to make an appointment. Unfortunately VEAP does not serve the whole Twin Cities, but its your lucky day if you live in the following cities: Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis (south of 50th Street and west of Cedar Avenue).

MinneAfrica offers a way to connect, reconnect and stay connected with Africans and friends of Africans in Minnesota.

The African Food Distribution Center will be giving out free traditional African foods on January 17th (mark your calendars! details below). These foods include: rice, beans, plantains, rice, beans, sardines, palm oil, cassava and fresh produce.

DETAILS: Saturday, Jan 17th, 12.00pm to 2:30pm
The Community Corner,
1500 69th Avenue North
Brooklyn Center,

* Learn how to stay healthy
* Sign up for health insurance
* Learn about local health programs
* Have blood pressure and glucose screening

Please call Linda Hanka 763-561-2481 to pre-register through Thursday JANUARY 15th.

Walk-ins are welcome, but served after those registered and while supplies last.