Supporting Our Community
Find resources and organizations to support students, families and staff adversely affected by recent events in the Twin Cities.
Summer Support - EPS Help Line
Members of the EPS Support Staff are available to offer assistance throughout the summer, thanks to the generosity of the Edina Education Fund which is funding these positions. Support staff can assist you in accessing material resources (food, housing, transportation), as well as emotional and mental support in this trying time. If you are unsure of what you need, but know that you need some help, please call them and they can also help you identify priorities and provide guidance.
Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 952-848-4870; Leave a message and an on-call staff person will return your call that day.
Serving anyone who lives, works or attends school in Edina, ERC can help connect you to resources for food, housing, transportation, and other support needs. Call: 952-848-3936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Live, up to date map including places/locations that are receiving donations, distributing donations, and/or both.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. Families with eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $325 per child on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the gap created by a loss of school meals. Children may continue to receive "grab and go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations, even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits.
- The Red Cross is coordinating emergency shelter for those who are temporarily displaced due to the recent events: 871-7676; press extension 1.
- Families experiencing a housing crisis not related to the recent events can contact the Hennepin County shelter team: 348-9410.
Food, Clothing, Financial or Medication Assistance
- Minneapolis food distribution for Minneapolis Public Schools students continues. As of June 1, a new food pick-up site has been added at Longfellow Park at 3435 36th Ave. S. where free food boxes will be provided DAILY from Monday-Friday, 10 am - 2 pm; other locations and schedules are available throughout the city. Food boxes contain items for 14 meals with seven breakfasts and seven lunches available to any child 18 years and under.
- City of Minneapolis has a list of resources for residents who need help
- Edina Public Schools’ food pick-up sites will continue to be available throughout the summer
- Minneapolis Public Schools’ emergency food pick-up sites are open to all Minneapolis residents as usual, including a newly added site at Longfellow Park. Food sites will continue into summer
Minneapolis’ Metro Transit has announced that bus, light rail, and Northstar service are set to resume in the coming days. Visit the Metro Transit site for the latest information
Emotional/Mental Health Support
Fraser, EPS’s co-located mental health provider, is accepting new referrals if you have concerns about mental health.
These articles and sites provide information about children's reaction to trauma and how to talk about race:
- Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Resilience: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race (American Psychological Association)
How To Help
Edina Give and Go has partnered with the Edina Resources Center and the EHS Black Student Union to launch Rapid Community Response in support of the estimated 150 EPS families impacted by recent events in Minneapolis. Visit Edina Give and Go for more information.
Looking for a way to help your neighbors?
- See this list of Minneapolis Food Shelves and how to donate.
- West Broadway Business and Area Coalition is partnering with the Northside Funders Group to gather donations for businesses in Minneapolis’ Northside impacted by the uprising and by COVID-19.
- The Lake Street Council in Minneapolis is collecting donations to support small businesses and nonprofits that need to rebuild. Donations can be made on their website.
- Consider donating to AchieveMpls in the name of the school community you wish to support.