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Minnesota FoodShare At 7 Percent of Goal After First Week; Donation Levels 8 Percent Above Last Year


Categories: Community Development

Posted: Mar 07, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


Mar. 07 /CSRwire/ - Minnesota FoodShare announced today that nearly half a million dollars and pounds of donated food have been collected statewide as part of its annual March Campaign. This number represents 8 percent of the total donations that are needed to meet this year's goal of six million combined dollars and pounds of food.

"This is a strong start for our campaign," says Sue Kainz, Minnesota FoodShare Campaign Coordinator, "Minnesotans have heard the especially urgent call this year and have really responded."

This year is one of the most important in recent memory, as the slowing economy has hit food shelves hard. Kainz is confident that Minnesotans, as always, will continue to step up to the plate and deliver for their hungry neighbors. "We all know that this year the need is up, in some places, by 50 percent," says Kainz. "We have a lot of work to do this year to reach our goal of six million, but with a start as strong as this, we know we can do it."

Donations of food or cash to Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign can be made at local food shelves, places of worship, any U.S. Bank branch office, or at the offices of WCCO AM Radio and WCCO TV. Cash donations may be sent to Minnesota FoodShare's office, or made online at www.gmcc.org/MFS. This year, online donations will be matched up to $50,000. All money received by Minnesota FoodShare during March will go directly to food purchase.

Minnesota FoodShare is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, co-sponsored by the MN Rabbinical Association, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Jewish Community Relations Council of MN and the Dakotas, MN Catholic Conference, MN Council of Churches, and the St. Paul Area Council of Churches.

For more information, please contact:

Haddayr Copley-Woods Minnesota FoodShare
Phone: (612) 721-8687 ext.


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