Agency Partner Spotlight: Keystone Community Services
For low-income families and individuals in Ramsey County, Keystone Community Services is a lifeline through the support of three food shelf locations, crisis assistance, case management and family programs.
According to Christine Pulver, Director of the Basic Needs Program at Keystone Community Services, they are seeing more people coming to their food shelves who are finding employment, but who are still struggling.
“Looking at the trends optimistically, we see continuing economic recovery, with more of our clients finding employment. Often the positions found are part-time and low paid, which requires our participants to continue using our services,” said Christine. “We are also very aware of the increase in homelessness in the metro area, especially among families with children. Low vacancy rates and increasing costs of rental housing have left stable housing out of reach for too many families, even those with employed parents.”
For Keystone, increasing distribution of fresh produce is one of their main goals for 2016.
“We continue to distribute an increasing amount of fresh produce, including our pilot of free farmers markets this summer,” said Christine. “The program was so successful that we will need to double the number of distribution sites in 2016. Our participants are very pleased with the amount and variety of fresh produce available through our programs. The produce provides healthy meals for our families and is utilized by all of the cultural groups served by Keystone Community Services.”