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Food Kits, New Mom Kits, Move-in Kits, Personal Care Kits Needed

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We need your help! The families we serve - often the most vulnerable in our community - have been hit with crisis upon crisis. First, COVID-19 brought new challenges to the delivery of our services and to daily life activities for our participants. Now, many grocery stores in their neighborhoods have been decimated by riots and fires.

We’ve established a food and supply "pantry" from which we can provide individuals and families with those necessary items they can no longer get in their community: non-perishable food, baby and child supplies, personal hygiene products, and household supplies. We’re asking specifically for a variety of "kits" to address each need. If you’re able to purchase and assemble donations into these bundles it’ll help with efficient distribution to our Avivo families. If you’re only able to provide one piece of a kit, that’ll make a difference too.

Food Kits

For individuals experiencing homelessness who don’t have access to grocery stores due to destruction in their neighborhoods. Recommended items:

  • 1 box mac and cheese
  • 1 loaf of bread
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 1 jar of jelly
  • 1 package of tortillas
  • 1 box/bag of rice
  • 2 cans beans
  • 2 cans soup
  • 1 box cereal
  • 1 pack juice boxes
  • 1 pack granola bars
  • 1 pack fruit cups
  • 1 package of jerky
New Mom Kits

For new moms in Avivo’s recovery programs. Please include 0-3 month items:

  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Onesies
  • Booties
  • Sleepers
Move-in Kits

For individuals and families experiencing homelessness, many of whom have no basic housing necessities, who are being connected by Avivo to permanent housing and housing supports. Below are the recommended items for 3 different kits.

Recommended items for Kit #1:

  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Dish rags and towels
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Cleaning products
  • Garbage can and trash bags
Recommended items for Kit #2:
  • Four-person table setting and silverware
  • Coffee cups and water glasses
  • Can opener
  • Frying pan
  • Sauce pan & deeper pasta pan
  • Spatulas and miscellaneous utensils
Recommended items for Kit #3:
  • Queen-size and twin-size sheet sets
  • Pillow
  • Blankets and comforters
  • Bath, hand, and wash towels
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet brush and cleaner
Personal Care Kits

For individuals experiencing homelessness who don’t have access to convenience stores or other retailers due to destruction in their neighborhoods. When putting this kit together, consider including products for individuals with various cultural hair and body needs.

  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
Gift Cards

To support efforts to buy groceries and necessities that may not be part of these kits or needs listed above. Places like Target, Walmart, Aldi, Cub, HyVee, or anywhere else that necessities can be purchased.

Cellular Phone & Tablets

We’re using technology to create the ability to reach at-risk communities we would typically serve face-to-face, using video technology instead. If you have any unused cell phones or tablets (Apple or Android) retired within the past 1-2 years, you could help change someone’s life by donating. Please make sure you’ve wiped the phone of any personal information and factory reset it to remove password prior to donating.

Please email Brittany.Biggers@avivomn.org to schedule a date and time to drop off your donations!

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About Avivo


1900 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404, US

Mission Statement

Avivo increases well-being through recovery, employment, and career advancement. Avivo is formerly known as RESOURCE.


Avivo, formerly RESOURCE, provides a full spectrum of chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services. Our paired services lay a foundation of health, and social and economic wellness, that transforms lives.

We specialize in helping individuals and their families who face complex barriers to success - poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chemical addiction or mental health concerns. Avivo helps more than 18,000 people each year achieve recovery, employment, and economic advancement.

Since 1960, Avivo (formerly RESOURCE) has helped individuals transform their lives, particularly people who face significant and multiple challenges to self-sufficiency. This includes poverty, racism, physical and mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, little or no education, outdated work skills, limited English language skills, and more.

From its start as a vocational rehabilitation services provider in Minneapolis, Avivo now offers chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services at 25 locations, in the Twin Cities metro, St. Cloud, and Princeton.

Crisis Support
Homeless & Housing


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Crisis Intervention
  • Group Facilitation
  • Financial Service Assistance


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • virtual opportunity - no specific time commitment

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