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Letter: Challenge yourself to end hunger

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Accept the 2014 Food Shelf Challenge from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and the Stevens County Food Shelf this July. You can help the families we serve make great meal time memories.

What if you had to decide which of your children will eat today because there isn’t enough food in the house for everyone? Summer should be a time for relaxation and vacation. But for many Minnesota families, summer is a stressful time. With children out of school and out of school meal programs, many parents worry about how to feed everyone in the house. And no child should go without food.

Every day, Minnesota food shelves serve 3,500 children. Last July the Stevens County Food Shelf had 368 visitors. You can make a real difference this year, by donating throughout the month of July.

The more you donate, the larger our food shelf’s grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. The challenge funds will proportionally match your donation. Your donation will go farther due to our buying power. We can purchase food from our food bank for pennies on the pound. $55 will purchase 450 lbs. of food and feed three families of three for six days.

Since 1986, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has targeted millions of dollars to strategically fight hunger in Minnesota. Open Your Heart funds the purchase and transfer of more than one million pounds of fresh produce, meat and dairy products every year through Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

Open Your Heart also provides grants for food shelves and food banks to get the equipment they need –  like freezers, shelving and trucks – to be able to serve the growing number of Minnesotans who can’t afford enough food for their families.

You can make an impact on hunger in the Stevens County area. Donations can be mailed to the Stevens County Food Shelf, 701 Iowa Ave, Morris, MN, 56267 or can be dropped off during business hours. The more we collect in July, the greater the grant will be from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless.

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