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Cash Infusion to Minnesota Food Shelves at Critical Time

PHOTO: This year's March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare raised a combined 12-million dollars and pounds of food. CREDIT: Billy Brown
PHOTO: This year's March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare raised a combined 12-million dollars and pounds of food. CREDIT: Billy Brown
August 5, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The largest annual food drive in Minnesota continues to pay dividends for nearly 300 pantries across the state and for the families that they serve. Most of the food and monetary donations were made directly to local food shelves. Another $775,000 went directly to Minnesota FoodShare, and coordinator Sarah O'Brien said those funds are now being distributed.

"We just appreciate all the food shelves and all the people and companies and organizations that took part in the campaign. Overall the entire campaign raised over 12 million combined pounds and dollars," O'Brien said.

These funds come at a crucial time for food shelves, she added, because donations are generally down in the summer, while the need is up, with kids out of school.

"It's a great time to have an extra push for those food shelves, to stuff backpacks when school is back in session and to restock shelves with specific food needs that their clients have," she explained.

Last year in Minnesota, there were more than 3 million visits to food shelves in the state and about 40 percent of those served are children. O'Brien said food shelves could see even greater demand, since some in Congress are pushing to cut funding for food stamps, which are now called SNAP benefits.

More information is available at http://mnfoodshare.gmcc.org/march.php.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN