March is Minnesota FoodShare Month

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates collected over $300 to support the work of Minnesota FoodShare. Friday, February 24, Joanne Tromiczak-Neid, Justice Coordinator and Ginger K. Hedstrom, Justice Associate presented the check to Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer for the March Minnesota FoodShare Campaign 2012.

Nelson-Pallmeryer expressed gratitude to the sisters for their support of Minnesota FoodShare. She also cited examples of the sharp increase in hunger across Minnesota: 2008-2010 visits to food shelves increased 62% statewide and 97% in the Twin Cities area; and 36% of visitors to Twin Cities Area food shelves reported having at least one working adult in the household. Hunger Facts

Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort.
Minnesota FoodShare organizes a statewide media campaign to promote food shelf donations. It produces and distributes free promotional and educational resources for food drive organizers. It acts as a clearinghouse for cash donations and distributes the funds to participating Minnesota food shelves. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota.

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100 percent to food shelves
“The March campaign raised approximately half of that,” Nelson-Pallmeyer said. “The beauty of the March campaign is that when there are donations to Minnesota FoodShare — general donations or donations from corporations during the month of March — we turn around and give 100 percent of those funds back to the food shelves. We don’t keep any for administration.”
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Nelson-Pallmeyer hopes Minnesotans will strongly support the March Minnnesota FoodShare Month Campaign and remember hunger needs in Minnesota do not end on March 31, hunger is a reality 365 days a year and our support of Minnesota families is needed all 365 days.

March is a good time to make a commitment and become involved as an individual, parish, congregation or organization. Visit Minnesota FoodShare Become involved.

We can make a difference and we can do it now.