Brainerd Area News | Ken & Tess | Tess Taylor

Lakes Area Food Shelves Need Help

Food Shelf 2

It could be your co-worker.  It could be your neighbor, your friend or the mom sitting next to you at church.  It COULD BE YOU.

Are you or someone you know dealing with food insecurity?  Don’t know where your next meal will come from?  Not sure how you are going to feed your kids?  If you are doing okay in this “department,” consider yourself blessed.  And then, consider helping those who are NOT doing okay.

and during this month, we want to encourage members of our community to donate to your area food shelf.  By donating non-perishable food items and/or monetary gifts, the food shelves can continue to help feed our hungry friends and neighbors.

The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together organizations, businesses, faith communities, and individuals to help keep 300 food shelves statewide stocked throughout the year. Minnesota FoodShare has distributed over $18 million to March Campaign participating food shelves via the Minnesota FoodShare FoodFund. 100% of donations received by Minnesota Foodshare during the March Campaign go into the FoodFund.

According to Second Harvest Heartland,:

~In September 2020, 1 in 9 Minnesotans, including 1 in 6 Minnesota kids, didn’t know where their next meal would come from.   The COVID-19 pandemic increased hunger in our communities, from rates of 1 in 11 in 2018.

~Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic households are at least twice as likely to experience food insecurity.

~There was a 60% increase in visitors accessing emergency food assistance due to COVID-19.

To find a LOCATION NEAR YOU where you can donate food and/or dollars, click on this  link.  If you are experiencing food insecurities, you can visit the same link to find the sources for you.

The 2022 March Campaign runs now through April 10th.  Visit  the Minnesota Food Share website for more information.

PLEASE do what you can.