‘Open Your Hearts’ is a grant program from Hunger Solutions where donations in July are proportional matched by them to meet the needs in our area. ‘Open Your Hearts’ is a saying we don’t have to remind people in Pine River & Backus because they are famous for doing just that! Your donations of fresh produce, groceries, miscellaneous home products and cash have been generous and are greatly appreciated by the Pine River Area Food Shelf. Some donors give each month because they know the needs are not going away.

To meet the needs of the Hungry in our community depends on ‘Public Intervention’ with continued in-kind (food/products) and cash donations. Those of you who give, stand up and take a bow for caring enough to uplift these people’s lives. Ending hunger requires this commitment.

In 2019, we reached a record high of 9,000 people a day seeking food assistance in Minnesota. In our region of the state (Northwest), the figures show 16.6% of our population live at the poverty level. 10% in the NW region reached out for food assistance. This explains our classification as a food insecure area.

This program is considered a Summer Challenge from Hunger Solutions. We pass this opportunity to give on to you. More people are gardening this year than ever before. To farmers and gardeners, we ask that any excess produce be donated during our food shelf hours. (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Friday with exception of 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. second Tuesdays). Cash donations send to PO Box 1/Pine River 56474.

Look at those hours again. Do you know someone who could use this support? Many people are finding that reduced working opportunities and other situations are placing them at a need for the first time in their lives. We are here for you. (218)587-4292