What is the March Campaign?
A grassroots food and fund drive, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the only statewide effort where every dollar donated goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. In 2014, Minnesota FoodShare partnered with almost 300 food shelves statewide to raise more than $8 million and more than 4 million pounds of food during the month of March, ensuring that thousands of Minnesotans were fed.
Why is it so important?
One in 10 Minnesotans, more than 500,000 residents, experience food insecurity on a regular basis. In Minnesota, each day 3,500 children are served by food shelves. 8.6% of seniors in Minnesota report being threatened by hunger. Senior hunger is expected to rise as more Baby Boomers reach 60. There were more than 3 million visits to Minnesota food shelves in 2013.
What can we do to help?
Bring your donations of nonperishable foods and household goods to church during the month of March, especially on Pack the Pews Sunday, March 22. Leave them at the food shelf area in the Gathering Space. You can also make financial contributions to Minnesota FoodShare in the offering plate. 100% of funds received during March go to food shelves participating in the March Campaign.
Fight hunger and support Minnesota food shelves!