Stevens County Food Shelf seeks donations in March campaign
MORRIS -- Minnesota FoodShare's March campaign goal is to raise enough money and food to provide more than half of the food distributed annually by food shelves statewide.
In addition to coordinating the March campaign, Minnesota FoodShare distributes money to food shelves statewide through the “Food Fund.” The fund includes donations FoodShare works to secure year-round from corporations, individuals, foundations and businesses. One hundred percent of all donations received during March go directly to the fund as well. The Food Fund dollars are distributed based on a food shelf's March campaign participation, results and the number of individuals served.
In 2011, the Stevens County Food Shelf served 3,383 people and distributed 90,078 pounds of food.
In 2012, 3,821 people were served and 105,100 pounds of food were distributed. The food shelf also signed in 234 new clients. That is an increase of 17 percent in the amount of food distributed and a 13 percent increase in clients.
So far this year, the Stevens County Food Shelf has served 503 people and distributed 15,156 pounds of food.
Businesses, churches, organizations and individuals across the country participate in the March campaign to help the food shelf restock shelves to continue to serve those in need.
Donations can be sent to the Stevens County Food Shelf at 701 Iowa Avenue in Morris. Donations can also be dropped off on Monday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.