In 2021, the City of Bloomington had conversations with residents around access to energy savings. Based on their responses, the city took action.
A line of families enter Bloomington's Cedar Valley Church for a community event. Tonight, families have gathered to attend their local food shelf - and for something a little extra. Emma Struss, the City of Bloomington’s sustainability coordinator, welcomes everyone into the space and gives an introduction to the evening. Her message is then repeated by translators in ASL, Spanish, and Russian.
She shares that in addition to the regular food shelf hosted by Good in the ‘Hood, the City of Bloomington invites the community to share in the hot meal that they had sponsored for the evening. Plus, a number of organizations are on hand with resources related to energy savings and community health. This means that while attendees wait for their turn to shop for groceries, they’re also invited to sit down for a meal and connect with the various community organizations, all in the same space. And, as Emma announces last, this is just the first of three similar events the city is planning to host at this food shelf.