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Minnesotans Asked to “Take Action” Against Hunger

September 12, 2008

St. Paul, MN – As Minnesotans recognize the month of September as "Hunger Action Month," an effort is underway to encourage all to address the hunger challenges in their communities. More and more people are turning to donated food shelves to get by, according to Second Harvest Heartland. The group's spokeswoman, Carla Johnson, says the hunger problem is rapidly growing.

"The trend is double-digit increases for requests for service at local food shelves. Because of economic distress, people who have never sought support before are reaching out to them."

Johnson hopes to spread the message about the many ways Minnesotans can take action against hunger.

"People can do food drives for their local food shelf. They can volunteer. They can donate money. They can serve a meal at a local shelter, even read books about hunger to their children."

Second Harvest Heartland reports that the fastest growing group of food shelf clients is the working poor. Almost half the households using shelves, says Johnson, report at least one member employed, while half the households have at least one child.

"As wages don't keep pace with the cost of living in Minnesota, more and more working families are struggling to make ends meet. They are seeking emergency food assistance as a way to stretch their monthly household resources."

Other suggestions for pitching in to help are available on the Second Harvest website, www.2harvest.org.

Jim Wishner/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - MN