December’s Positive Change recipient is Hallie Q. Brown Community Center (HQB), a nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Summit University area of Saint Paul and the broader Twin Cities metro. Celebrating their 90th year of operation, HQB continues to improve quality-of-life in Saint Paul by providing access to critical human services and programs while honoring African American heritage and culture. HQB operates a food shelf, clothing closet, senior programming, affordable childcare, and youth education services to meet the diverse needs of Saint Paul’s multicultural community.
Hunger relief is a key focus of HQB’s mission since it is an area with the greatest impact on people’s daily lives, affecting a multitude of lifestyle issues ranging from physical and mental health, to school and work performance, to relationships with others. In addition to staple pantry items, HQB’s food shelf offers clients access to fresh bread, produce, ad other items donated by local groceries, including Mississippi Market. Throughout the year, shoppers who donate food at our Selby and West 7th stores are directly supporting the HQB food shelf.
December Positive Change funds will support their food shelf, ensuring it remains fully staffed and stocked with nutritional, culturally specific foods to meet the diverse dietary needs of their clients. HQB’s food shelf, located a few blocks north of our Selby location, serves over 18,000 clients annually, roughly 50 percent of whom are families with children. In addition to rounding up your purchases at the register and donating reusable bag credits to support HQB’s food shelf this December, nonperishable food items may be donated when shopping at the co-op to support their food shelf clients.