Minnesota FoodShare – March Campaign
What is it?! Minnesota FoodShare began its work in 1982 with a campaign advanced by congregations to restock food shelves in the 7-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The effort was so successful and the need was so evident, the March Campaign became a statewide program just one year later.
The largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together various community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help stock nearly 300 food shelves statewide. In 2017, over $8 million dollars and 4.7 million pounds of food were raised by Minnesota food shelves and Minnesota FoodShare.
Minnesota FoodShare envisions a Minnesota where all residents have access to healthy food and no one struggles with food insecurity. The March Campaign addresses these issues directly and we invite you to join our efforts and advocate for long-term solutions to food insecurity and poverty in our communities.
Once again this March, we join food shelves, faith communities, businesses, and organizations across Minnesota in acting to end hunger and food insecurity. Please bring nonperishable items for our local food shelf and/or monetary donations throughout March. Together, we can ensure #FoodForAllMN.
Taking Action Against Hunger in Minnesota – Did YOU Know?!
• Over 3,000,000 visits are made to Minnesota food shelves each year.
• Approximately 552,000 households experience food insecurity.
• 1 in 7 children in Minnesota struggle with hunger.
• Local food shelves can stretch your $1 into enough food for 2-3 meals.
• The 2017 March Campaign raised more than 4.7 million pounds of food and $8 million for Minnesota food shelves.
• 100% of financial contributions to Minnesota FoodShare via the March Campaign go to participating food shelves.
“When you pick the food of your land at gathering time, do not pick all the way to the corners of your field. And do not gather the food left on the ground there after you have picked. Do not gather what is left among your vines, or gather the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for those in need and for the stranger.” – Leviticus 19:9-10