Minot State Development Foundation, athletics deliver medicine and groceries

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State University Development Foundation has partnered with Market Pharmacy to help deliver medicine to individuals who have ordered online or by phone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeremy Feller, development officer, and Rick Heit, social media specialist, made the first deliveries on Monday.

“We know there are a lot of people who support Minot State all year around, and we felt we needed to give back,” Feller said. “We originally were thinking about all of the regulars who come to our games, music and theater performances, and events on campus. But really, it’s for everyone. It’s for older individuals who can’t get to the pharmacy or maybe it’s a single parent who can’t leave because they are home with her kids. Anyone who just doesn’t feel safe heading out.”

The impact was felt right from the first stop.

“Everyone has been really thankful so far,” Feller added. “The first lady I delivered to said she had to pay $60 for a taxi the first time she needed to get medicine.”

Deliveries will run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the month of April. Feller reached out to Market Pharmacy early on after the idea was brought forward by Andy Carter, Minot State director of athletics. He hopes to contact all Minot area pharmacies to offer the service.

“Andy and Rick (Rick Hedberg, MSU Development Foundation executive director) decided athletics and advancement could work together to meet these needs. We are working on contacting other pharmacies who need this service,” he said. “We aren’t charging anything for this, we just want to be able to help where it is needed.”

The deliveries are set up through the pharmacy as patients contact the pharmacy via online or phone and all financial transactions are done prior to distribution. Area pharmacies interested in joining the delivery service are asked to contact Feller at 701-858-3117.

Along with the Development Foundation’s medicine delivery, Minot State Athletics partnered with Marketplace Foods to deliver groceries. Beaver Athletics coaches and administration volunteered time to deliver groceries on Monday.

Carter, along with MSU Assistant Athletic Director for Development Brock Weppler, made the first delivery Monday morning. Coaches from various teams volunteered in the afternoon.

“We are grateful for partners such as Marketplace Foods to be able to have the opportunity to extend a helping hand,” Weppler said.

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Published: 04/02/20   

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