The Sheridan Story is committed to using only food that retains dignity for our kids and families.
We do not use back-of-the-truck, leftover food items that no one wants. Instead, kids and families are provided food that is high-quality, not near expiring, not dented, and isn’t “weird”. Dietitians/nutritionists through Allina Health and Saint Paul Public Schools were consulted to select healthy items for our food bags.
We provide four bag options as part of our program:
Three of The Sheridan Story bag options are guided by the USDA My Plate structure. The children and families we serve receive fruits, vegetables, proteins, grain bases (rice, pasta, or oatmeal), and soups/entrées. Two of these three bags are tailored towards specific cultural diets: Hispanic/Latino/a and East African/Somali.
The Sheridan Story’s fourth bag option is designed to best serve children in more mobile situations. The purpose is to provide ready-to-eat or minimal-prep food items that also have nutritional value. This includes items like pop-top cans of fruit, packets of oatmeal, granola, granola bars, pretzels, dried fruit, etc. Our Mobile bag also includes an appropriate individually wrapped utensil.
Our commitment to the type of food we provide increases the cost of food for our program, as low-quality food is less expensive. However, we are persistent in our practice of providing high-quality, nutritious food to kids and their families.
Our commitment to the type of food we provide also requires we invest time and funds into sourcing food. Each of our bags contains 4-5 pounds of nutritious food. Almost all of our food is purchased in bulk from reputable food banks, wholesalers, and manufacturers. We source our food from the best vendors we can find – they range in location from Texas, California, Wisconsin, and right here in Minnesota.
Food drive food is also an important part of our food sourcing. Food drives are often tailored to our most-needed items such as fruits and vegetables. All food we receive is sorted thoroughly by our specific criterion before used in our bags.