According to Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap, 2019, nearly one in eleven Minnesotans experience food insecurity.
The same publication states that 12.5% of children in Minnesota are food insecure. Food insecurity is defined by Dictionary.com as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” March is MN Food Share Month and our friends and neighbors need help when it comes to feeding themselves and their families.
Did you know that over 3,000,000 visits are made to Minnesota food shelves EACH YEAR? This is according to information sent to our radio station from MN Food Share March Campaign and the local Salvation Army.
Here’s the deal. The Salvation Army is into their process of beginning March Food Share Campaign. Linda at the Salvation Army in Brainerd says this is such an important time of year for food shelves and their participants. They are once again seeing an increase in the need for food in our local, Brainerd Lakes Area food shelves. Even though they apply for grants to assist with the need, we, the people, the donors, are the most important providers. Without donations, their participants would see little in choices for healthy fruits and vegetables.
MNFoodShare.org says “Minnesota FoodShare began its work in 1982 with a campaign advanced by congregations to restock food shelves in the 7-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The effort was so successful and the need was so evident, the March Campaign became a statewide program just one year later.” It goes on to state that “the largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together various community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help stock nearly 300 food shelves statewide. During the 2019 March Campaign, more than $8 million dollars and over 5.1 million pounds of food shelf items were raised by Minnesota food shelves and Minnesota FoodShare. To date, Minnesota FoodShare has distributed over $17.8 million dollars 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 and are distributed to March Campaign participating food shelves.”
Friends, please strongly consider making either a physical donation or monetary contribution to this year’s campaign. You can donate at the Salvation Army Food Shelf at 208 S. 5th Street in Brainerd or at ANY food shelf in the area. Many churches are also collecting for this drive. We are also collecting donations here at Hubbard Radio in Brainerd. I promise you, you never know when the person in the cubicle next to you – or in the pew next to you at church – is experiencing food insecurities. You may be surprised. So please… do what you can. Open your heart, your cabinets, your wallets and donate during March Food Share Month. Thank you!