NAMI Minnesota Offers Free Online Mental Health Classes

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has set up a wide variety of free online mental health classes for June and July. They include classes such as Creating Caring Communities, Mental Health and the Workplace, Mental Illnesses and Crisis Communication, Self Care and Mindfulness, Hope for Recovery, In Our Own Voice, Together We Can Make it OK, Discipline Tips for Stressed Parents, a suicide prevention class called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer and many more.

 The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of these classes and how to join in by going to and clicking on “Classes” or go straight to

Service updates from Mora Senior Dining

Meals on Wheels delivery increases to twice a week. Hot meals are available Mondays and Wednesdays, and up to five frozen meals can be included for the rest of the week. Please call us at (320) 679- 4029 to reserve your Meals on Wheels delivery.

Diners who regularly joined us for congregate dining can participate in “Grab & Go” frozen meals at the dining site 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please call ahead so your meals are ready for you to pick-up.

The monthly food shelf meal distribution continues, on the first Tuesday each month. The next distribution is Tuesday, July 7, from noon – 1 p.m. outside the Mora Food Shelf.

If you are not yet registered for any of the above senior nutrition programs, please call us at the Mora Senior Dining site (320) 679-4029. We can complete the registration on the phone so no face-to-face interview is required.

Human Services launches new benefits for children

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and Code for America, recently launched the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, also referred to as P-EBT, benefit.

The Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act allows children eligible for the school meal program to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits retroactive to March through the first week in June. This is in addition to any SNAP, Minnesota Family Investment Program or Unemployment Insurance benefits their families may already receive.

Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead said, “This new program will ensure families can purchase healthy food to fill their children’s stomachs while easing the financial burden of extra grocery purchases. This program is an important step in filling that gap to make sure no child goes hungry.”

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