Food shelves to kick off FoodShare Campaign Drive
The Minnesota FoodShare Fundraising Campaign Drive will occur in March.
During the month, larger corporations, individuals and foundations will make contributions to the Minnesota Food Share program at the state level. This money will be allocated to state food shelves throughout the year.
This additional monetary incentive allocation will be made to area food shelves based on the number of pounds of collected items and dollars raised in those areas in March. All food items and monetary donations raised in these local areas will stay in those areas to help provide food to area families.
Hunger Solutions is another program that helps Minnesota food shelves throughout the year, based on the amount of food and money the individual food shelves raise during the March FoodShare Campaign.
The Allen Shaw Feinstein Foundation sponsors another incentive program. The foundation will divide $1 million among nonprofit agencies throughout the United States to help fight hunger and will use this offer to help raise funds in March and April. The more food and money donations that are made, the larger the check from the Feinstein Foundation.
All items and money collected will be kept in the community. Items being sought are nonperishable food products such as peanut butter, canned meats and tuna, cold cereals, household paper and cleaning products, laundry soaps, and personal bath products such as soaps, shampoo and conditioner.
Food shelves are able to use monetary donations to purchase food items, household and personal supplies from the Second Harvest Food Bank in Grand Rapids at a fraction of the regular cost. This way donated money can be stretched to go further and purchase more food items from the Food Bank.