2023 Report to the Community & 2022 Annual Report
Helping our neighbors access stability and resiliency, together.
Thank you for opening the doors to possibilities for our neighbors and Keystone!
Over the last year, we continued growing our programs to meet community needs, responded with support as we experienced all-time-high records of food shelf visits, and took great strides closer to opening the Keystone Community Food Center.
With your support, we are well-positioned to continue evolving, growing, and responding to move forward! Our Opening Doors to Food Security campaign is nearly fully funded, construction is underway at the new center, and our programs continue to grow and strengthen to support youth, seniors, and neighbors in our community.
With strong leadership, dedicated volunteers, and our caring community of supporters and champions, we will continue to build a community where everyone has the resources and support to thrive.
You are vital to it all! Just as you supported 45,562 neighbors in 2022, your generosity and kindness will continue to help an increasing number of neighbors have more access to the resources, support, and skills they need to live with hope and dignity into the future.
We are grateful for you!
Adero Riser Cobb
Chair, Board of Directors
Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life.
Trupti Naik Storlie
Hunger is an unfortunate reality for many of our neighbors, with food insecurity growing among families and older adults. Ramsey County has higher rates of food insecurity than the Minnesota state average, a gap that widened during the pandemic. Keystone saw this firsthand, with participation at our food shelf programs tripling between 2021 and 2022.
Keystone’s Basic Needs Program helps individuals and families with low income be self-sufficient, stable and successful by providing food support and crisis assistance.
Keystone is the largest provider of food shelf services in the Twin Cities East Metro area, serving St. Paul and northern suburbs of Ramsey County. Services are provided through two brick-and-mortar food shelf locations.
Resource Navigators connect participants with needed community resources, including public benefits and one-time financial assistance.
Our Foodmobiles are food shelves on wheels that travel throughout Ramsey County to distribute food at community-based locations - community centers, libraries, health clinics, etc. - more than 30 times each month.
The grocery delivery program delivers food shelf items to the doorsteps of seniors and people with disabilities. Community distribution events provide fresh produce and more in an anonymous, drive-thru service model.
In 2022, we focused on getting more food out into the community in ways that were accessible, dignified and broke down barriers. Free farmers market and food distribution events allowed more healthy food to go to more people. Additional Foodmobile stops expanded our reach to meet neighbors where they were – something that was made possible by activating new partnerships with health clinics and other community allies.
As we bring our urgently needed Community Food Center in St. Paul to life, we will help more Ramsey County neighbors access food, support and connection. With more space, we’ll be equipped to meet growing demand and grapple with the unprecedented levels of community need for food shelf resources. This new building will allow Keystone to double the amount of food available for low-income households in Ramsey County and will offer flexibility to evolve and expand as community needs grow and change.
Keystone Youth Services help youth develop skills to succeed in school and in the community through unique afterschool programs and early employment experiences.
At this afterschool center, teens work on creative, high-tech projects and learn valuable skills from adult mentors. Keystone is proud to have a Best Buy Teen Tech Center and be a member of the Clubhouse Network, a collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.
Serving youth in grades K–10, Community Kids offers year-round daily academic and youth development experiences which promote school achievement and social-emotional learning. Community Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center and an accredited afterschool program.
Children in grades K–5 receive year-round tutoring and enrichment opportunities. Teen employees lead this program in their first work experience, under intensive training and supervision by skilled Keystone staff.
Keystone offers unique opportunities for young people to acquire job experience and learn skills that prepare them for the workforce. Express Bike Shop, a social enterprise of Keystone Community Services, is a full-service bike shop and learning lab for teens. Teens also work at Keystone program sites and with community partners.
Keystone’s youth afterschool programs returned to normal operations and focused on helping children and youth recover the academic and social skills that were impaired by distance learning. Knowing that youth who work early in their lives are put on a path for intergenerational success, Keystone focused on expanding its Youth Employment Program, placing teens in first job opportunities throughout Keystone programs. This included the Express Bike Shop, Teen Tech Center, Community Kids and Teen Tutor Program where we hire and train high-achieving local teens to provide evidence-based and culturally responsive literacy tutoring to K–6 children.
40 students, grades K–5 supported and engaged.
117 students, grades K–10 supported and engaged.
Long-term studies suggest that the positive impact of entry-level work lingers for years. It is Keystone’s goal to continue to deepen and improve the training curriculum for our Youth Employment Program and focus coaching on improving performance to ensure meaningful early job experiences. We’ll also be expanding outreach and recruitment to provide more invaluable work opportunities to more teens. We will also be expanding supportive services for youth program families to help them better access community resources.
Seniors are the fastest-growing age group of Ramsey County residents, and the pandemic has left more older adults struggling to connect to resources and their communities. Many seniors are aging in isolation without necessary income and support, and research shows that food-insecure seniors are more likely to experience depression and other health issues.
Keystone Senior Services help adults 55+ age with dignity, connection, health and independence as valued members of the community.
Programs help participants with their goal of remaining independent and living at home. Keystone provides Meals on Wheels and coordinates services to support the health and well-being of seniors.
Keystone provides a wide array of activities intended to support social connection and enhance quality of life. We offer fitness classes, wellness workshops, social activities, arts classes, crafting groups and more.
Case Managers coordinate an array of services to help each client maintain health and self-sufficiency. The Case Management program assists seniors and adults with disabilities through several home and community-based Medical Assistance waivers. Services are also provided to private-pay clients on a sliding fee scale.
Keystone saw fewer older adults engaged in our active senior programming over the last few years and developed new programming to encourage engagement. With funding from a Minnesota State Art Board grant, we expanded arts programming, something traditionally too cost-prohibitive for seniors we serve. We also focused on providing more seniors with more food support. Since the pandemic, the number of older and vulnerable adults participating in Meals on Wheels at Keystone has increased 40%. Through the Keystone Wellness Fund, we also provided qualified seniors with up to five free weekly meals.
310 older adults stayed connected to their community by participating in Keystone activities, including virtual programming promoting recreation, health, education and social activities.
In-Home Services (Meals on Wheels) 203 seniors received a total of 24,975 meals from Meals on Wheels in 2022.
1,054 seniors and adults with disabilities were supported with services for independent living.
We’ve learned that older adults accessing Keystone food assistance are often not connected to other services and supports, even the ones they qualify for, and are concerned about managing their daily living. These unmet needs are particularly true for BIPOC older adults, who are generally underrepresented in senior services. Keystone is exploring the expansion of wraparound services for seniors in a way that would allow us to develop deeper relationships, identify additional needs, and link them to other resources and programs. This will allow us to expand support, notably for seniors that are BIPOC or low-income, helping them to be more engaged and connected.
“I remember a lot of my older family members painting and doing Rosemaling art when I was kid. I’ve always been interested in learning more about this Scandinavian folk art but classes were prohibitively expensive. I’m delighted to have this opportunity now through Keystone!”
Thank You, Donors and Volunteers
Thank you! You make our community strong. Our work isn’t possible without the generosity of our supporters and volunteers. Thank you for helping build a more connected community for us all!
In 2022, we publicly launched the campaign to open the new Keystone Community Food Center. Our community inspires us with their generosity to expand support for our neighbors! In 2022, our community collectively contributed over $4 million towards this important project, getting us so much closer to our campaign goal. You can learn more about the Community Food Center and see the latest campaign progress online today.learn more
Individuals and families
Companies, sponsors, and business partners
Schools, community groups, organizations and more
made a meaningful and immediate impact through their generous gifts.
140,511 pounds of food shelf items were donated to provide nourishing support to neighbors in need. Thank you to everyone who contributed in-kind donations of food, school supplies, bikes and other items to support Keystone’s programs!
Keystone is in a capital campaign to support the new Keystone Community Food Center which has resulted in higher than usual cash reserves as we raise funds dedicated specifically for the new program location.
|Fees for Service * (Gov contracts & Grants)||2,578,244||2,036,868|
|Less Cost of Good Sold||-77,529||-80,413|
|Other Revenue * (Investment, misc, Prog Fee, Food Sales, Tours)||122,775||852,435|
|Management & General||974,526||884,959|
|Change in Net Assets||1,328,830||1,891,334|
|Net Assets, Beginning of Year||$6,665,192||$4,773,858|
|Net Asset Prior Period Adjustment||330,964|
|Net Assets, End of Year||$8,324,986||$6,665,192|
* Government contracts and grants
** Investment and miscellaneous, program services fee, food sales, tour sales
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$4,373,671||$3,065,595|
|— Fees for Service Contracts, Net||433,445||546,398|
|Inventory - Bikes and Food||73,745||117,465|
|Property and Equipment, Net||3,075,769||2,768,188|
|Accrued Payroll Expenses||11,534||10,754|
|Notes Payable - Current||30,443||30,789|
|Operating Lease - Current||60,936||0|
|Total Current Liabilities||$318,771||$522,257|
|Total Non-Current Liabilities||1,606,887||1,662,293|
|Without Donor Restriction||$7,413,301||$6,255,586|
|With Donor Restriction||911,685||409,606|
|Total Net Assets||8,324,986||6,665,192|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS||$10,250,644||$8,849,742|