Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eagles Auxiliary Harvest Dinner to Benefit the Grand Rapids Food Shelf

Join us for the Annual Harvest Dinner at the Grand Rapids Eagle’s Club to benefit the Grand Rapids Food Shelf on Friday, November 8th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the door. $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child 12 - 4, free for children 3 and under.

The home-cooked dinner will feature turkey, dressing, real mashed potatoes, and dessert. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Shelf. Proceeds will help support the work of the Grand Rapids Food Shelf and the ever-increasing number of families in our area, who need help putting food on the table. Support for the Food Shelf is needed now more than ever.

The Grand Rapids Food Shelf is a program of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. For more information call 218.326.4420 or visit

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Food stamp demand rises in Minnesota as budget shrinks

More than 554,000 Minnesotans get federal food assistance — one out of every 10 people in the state. A third are children. Another quarter are elderly or disabled adults. Contrary to popular stereotypes, a majority live in families where at least one adult earns a paycheck.
This week, their food budget rests in the hands of Senate and House negotiators, who are about to begin debate on the massive farm bill that will set the budget for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), still commonly known to many as food stamps.