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14 Day Emergency Meal Kit Guide 

University of Minnesota Extension

This model is intended to allow community members, churches, nonprofit organizations, or others to work with small town grocery stores to purchase kits from grocery stores while minimizing contact among members of the public. These meal kits will allow communities to help each other while also supporting local businesses that serve as a critical resource during times of crisis. 

At Home Food Safety 

University of Minnesota Extension

With many COVID-19 related messages on social media, you may have seen questionable food safety messages. Current research advises using the same good food handling practices that you’ve been using.

List of Food Shelves in Aitkin County

Aitkin County Public Health

Aitkin County Public Health has compiled a list of Food Shelves in Aitkin County which includes hours, contact information, and details regarding donations to the food shelf.

Nutrition Support for Anxiety & Mental Health 

Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Good nutrition isn’t the magic pill to cure all mental illness, but it can contribute to improvements in symptoms and help you manage your mood on a more regular basis. 

Enhanced 2 Week Menu Kit

University of Minnesota Extension

Designed for two people that meets basic nutrition needs including calories, protein, vitamin C, and fiber. Can also be easily adapted for four people. Kit includes a shopping list, simple to use recipes that allow you to cook once and eat twice with leftovers, and 2 menu plans!

Cooking without a Kitchen

University of Minnesota Extension

Use the lists to gather ingredients for meals and snacks based on the food available to you. Whether you’re using food from your pantry, receiving delivered food, or going to the grocery store, you can vary the foods you eat to make sure you and your family are getting the nutrients you need.

COVID-19 Food Assistance

Aitkin County Public Health

Aitkin County Public Health has compiled a list of Food Assistance as a resource for those who are in need.

Wellness Resources 

Hannah Colby, RD, LD, CLS

Looking for ideas on how to stay active and fit, or how to support your health with nutrition? Look no further for this document has many good resources listed of where you can start!

Can the virus be transmitted through food?

University of Minnesota Extension

The presence of Covid-19 in the U.S. raises many questions about the food our farmers grow, and the fruits and vegetables we grow at home. Spring is coming after all, and we will soon be planting our gardens!

Get Nutrition Assistance

University of Minnesota Extension

Speaking up and asking for help when you truly need it isn’t a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength and a step in right direction for getting you and your family’s needs met. Minnesota offers many resources to assist you and your family, whether you have an ongoing need or just need something to help you get through a tough time.

Aitkin County Community Food Resources

Aitkin County Public Health

Aitkin County Public Health has compiled a list of food resources available in our communities throughout the county and nearby counties. 

Resources for Farmers' Markets & Vendors

Guidance for Minnesota Farmers' Markets & Vendors

Markets are also encouraged to do drive throughs, follow 6-feet social distancing, and promote handwashing.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

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Farmers' Market Signage

COVID-19 Farmers' Market Signage

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Guidance for Minnesota U-Pick Operations

Guidance for Minnesota U-Pick Operations and On-Farm Markets

U-Pick Operations and On-farm markets are encouraged to follow the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) recommendations below for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Recommendations for visiting Farmers' Markets

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ENJOY MN FARMERS’ MARKETS IN 2020 WITH SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS

Warmer weather and longer days mean it’s time for farmers’ markets to open for the season. At your local farmers’ market this year, customers will still be able to support Minnesota farmers and producers by purchasing all of their favorite produce and products, with a few new changes to ensure everyone’s safety.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Shopping the Farmers' Market during COVID-19

Remember to keep 6 feet apart when shopping for local produce at farmers' markets.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Food Safety, Nutrition, and Wellness