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March Food Drive Scores with Timberwolves Support

February 21, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, the state's largest annual food drive, is just a week away. Campaign organizers feel that reaching this year's goal of 12 million pounds of food, or that number of dollars, will be a slam dunk with Minnesota Timberwolves president Chris Wright acting as this year's honorary campaign chair.

Wright says the organization has been involved with the March Campaign for the past 15 years, and he's flattered to be chosen to chair what he sees as such an important mission.

"The theme of the campaign is 'Mission Impossible? Not if You Help' and so our goal will be to try and create awareness around that campaign. You'll see it will live inside of Target Center, you'll see it live inside some of our games, through our website, to really help Minnesota FoodShare get to the goals they have."

Sue Kainz, March Campaign coordinator, says it's a critical time of year for the state's food shelves to stock up.

"March is important because usually the food shelves have used up the food and cash donations that come in at the holiday time, and it's before the really low summer period when people are on vacation; a lot of people don't think of the local food shelf, so this is a really great opportunity for people to give."

Kainz says in recent years, the campaign has encouraged cash donations, because food shelves can stretch the dollars by purchasing wholesale, or getting discounts from local grocers. But food donations are just as important, especially when they come in the form of life lessons for the next generation.

"A lot of families like to take their children shopping, and let the kids pick out things that they think kids would like at the food shelf, so that's a really great experience for them."

She adds that the generosity of Minnesotans has kept local food shelves in business, even in recent years with a record numbers of visitors.

The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign raises more than half the food distributed annually through 300 food shelves across the state. In 2010, Minnesota's food shelves helped more than three million visitors, up from two million visitors in 2008.

More on Minnesota FoodShare and the March Campaign is at

Sharon Rolenc, Public News Service - MN