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CAPI’s Basic Needs Programs

CAPI connects immigrants, refugees, and our communities with the nutrition, health, and human service resources they need to thrive. We offer a nutritious, culturally-specific food shelf while serving as a gateway to resources that move people toward greater economic stability and health. Through our food and nutrition programs, we promote healthy communities, partnerships, community involvement, and volunteerism.

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CAPI’s Fresh Produce Distributions will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. The distributions will begin on July 10th and end on October 9th, 2020 from 1-2:30pm. Distributions are first come, first serve based on numbers handed out beginning at 12:30pm. Participants may arrive at 12:30pm and after to receive a number. Numbers will not be handed out before that time.

The SNAP program is intended as a supplement to help individuals and families purchase healthy and nutritious foods. Eligibility for the program depends on your household size and income. CAPI provides screening and application assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) for people of all ages.

CAPI is a satellite distribution site for the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS), which is Minnesota’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This is a USDA program administered by the Minnesota Department of Health. The program is designed to provide a monthly box of healthy and nutritious foods to low-income individuals over the age of 60 at no cost.

The CAPI Gardens Project empowers immigrants and refugees, particularly immigrant and refugee women, to become community leaders through gardening and small-scale farming. The gardens create access to and utilization of affordable, healthy, fresh, and culturally suitable food for Hmong, Laotian, and other Southeast Asian immigrant families.

During the growing season, CAPI supports 325 urban gardeners as they raise 4,500 pounds of fresh produce from 15 community gardens. Produce is distributed to each gardener, with the remaining produce sold at a mini-farmers market. More than 2,500 lbs. of produce were distributed through the CAPI Asian Food Shelf.