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Minnesota Food Drive Enters Home Stretch: Organizers Optimistic

March 26, 2007

Minnesota's "March Food Drive" is in its home stretch, with the goal of raising nine million dollars or pounds of food. Organizer Sue Kainz, with Minnesota FoodShare says, while the campaign has only reached a third of its goal, tradition is on its side.

"We have about 2.6 million pounds and dollars in. Now, that sounds like it's a long way from our total of nine million. And, it is. But, the vast majority of food and dollars come in this last week in March."

The goal, up from last year, reflects a growing need, especially among working families trying to balance various financial obligations. Cotributions are welcome at local food shelves in every county, and donation information and locations are online at

Kainz says most of those using shelves work, but don't make enough to cover basic needs.

"The vast majority of people who use our shelves are families who have one, two, maybe even three paying jobs and just can't make ends meet, or they have gotten themselves in some sort of a predicament, or an emergency has arisen. A car breaking down or a medical bill are just more than a lot of families who are right on the edge can handle."

She says most Minnesota families relying on food shelves make less than a thousand dollars a month. And, half the clients are kids under 18. The drive stocks over 260 shelves statewide.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN