Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Be a Hunger Hero for a Child Today

Throughout the month of March, the Grand Rapids Food Shelf is joining with over 300 food shelves across Minnesota to collect donations of money and food. These donations will support local efforts to help feed people in need and reduce hunger in our community. When congregations, businesses, schools, or service clubs participate in the March FoodShare Campaign, the Food Shelf will make sure that the food and funds collected provides hunger assistance for people in our community who need it most.

Grand Rapids Food Shelf sees over 800 families each month. In order to keep the shelves stocked and meet the need, we count on local support to provide food and hope, to many desperate families trying to keep food on the table. This year, donations are down and we need your help to feed our hungry neighbors. Money collected throughout the FoodShare Campaign allows the Food Shelf to continue to act as a hunger safety net, for the remainder of the year. Without the community’s support the shelves will be empty.

You can be a Hunger Hero today. Every effort or contribution, large or small, helps us to continue to feed hungry children, families, and seniors. March is the time of year we can leverage additional dollars for the Food Shelf through donations because of the FoodShare Campaign and the Feinstein Challenge. More dollars mean we can provide more meals to our neighbors in need.

Recently a principal from a local elementary school contacted the Grand Rapids Food Shelf about a child who is continuously coming to school hungry. Hunger can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences. We were able to help the principal by providing information about the Food Shelf and other hunger relief resources for the family. Children who are hungry struggle to learn and thrive. Though many children often suffer in silence, the issue of hunger is all too common. It is a disturbing reality that 1 in 5 children in Itasca Country, live in food insecure households.

There is something you can do to help. Donate to the Food Shelf today, and give a child a brighter future.

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