The Minnesota FoodShare fundraising campaign drive is conducted in March, and it starts Emily’s 2013 annual food shelf fundraiser.
In March, larger corporations, individuals and foundations will make contributions to the Minnesota FoodShare program at the state level. This money will be allocated to Minnesota food shelves throughout the year.
This additional monetary incentive allocation will be made to the Emily Food Shelf based on the pounds of collected items and dollars raised in the Emily area in March. All food items and monetary donations raised in the local area will stay in the area to help provide food to the families of Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes and Little Pine, Ross Lake and Fairfield townships.
Hunger Solutions is another program that helps Minnesota food shelves throughout the year, based on the amount of food and money 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 uses this offer to help raise funds in March and April. The more food and money donations that are made, the larger the check will be from the Feinstein Foundation.
All items and money collected will be kept in the community. Area churches, local fire departments, service organizations and businesses will be asked to participate in the community wide collection. 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.
Designated collection sites for these items are the Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes area churches and the Emily Ace Hardware Store. Monetary donations allow the Emily Food Shelf to buy food items and other 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.
The Emily-Outing-Fifty Lakes Area Food Shelf serves more than 70 families per month, feeding more than 190 individuals and distributing an average of more than 8,400 pounds of food per month.
This campaign is the major fundraiser that the volunteer Emily Food Shelf workers will do for the year, although other donations are accepted at any time. The food shelf is open from 9:30-11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. the following Thursday at Emily City Hall.
To make a financial donation, may make checks payable to “Emily Food Shelf” and send them to 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN 56447.
For more information about the Emily Food Shelf or fundraising projects, contact the site director, Nancy Moritz, at 218-763-3097.