Real Ranger: Iron Range Meals on a Mission

Updated: March 23, 2021 05:42 PM
Created: March 23, 2021 07:06 AM

It's been a busy two months on Facebook for the Iron Range Meals on a Mission group. They're now nearly 400 members strong, and they've helped connect people with over 1200 meals.

Lori Edstrom is one of the founders. "There are so many people in this group who are givers, who pay for the groceries, or bring the meals to others," she explained.

It started when a man posted on his own page that he was craving a home cooked meal. His mother had passed away, and she would cook for him. He was missing that connection and feeling of being cared for.

Edstrom saw that, and she and a former co-worker decided to take action and create this page.

Aura Chosa is someone who makes meals. She's an empty nester now, with her two daughters grown with families of their own. "When I cook for other people, it kind of fills in the blank spots for me," she said. "I really enjoy doing this."

Another meal maker is Stephanie Parks, who also has received meals. "She called and brought us some wonderful chicken noodle soup and a couple of other things to prepare meals. And then I've donated meals when I've had the finances," she explained.

Edstrom and others often pick up AEOA food boxes and help share those resources as well.

And the group just put together more than 150 Easter baskets.

Edstrom said this isn't about sustaining people for the long term. She tries to connect people with resources in the area if they need those. It's more about a helping hand, when folks need it most.

"Don't ever feel embarrassed. Or ashamed, All of us have been at this point in life and we are willing to help anybody," she said.

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