New Brighton food shelf participates in Minnesota FoodShare’s March campaign

The Minnesota FoodShare’s March campaign is a statewide fundraising and food drive campaign that helps over 300 local food shelves in communities throughout the state, including the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf in New Brighton.

The campaign raises hunger awareness and promotes donations to local food shelves. From now until April 6, a portion of all pounds of food and dollars donated to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will be matched by Minnesota FoodShare.

Minnesota FoodShare solicits donations from corporate sponsors, congregations and individuals for their food fund, 100 percent of which is given to participating food shelves as proportional matching grants based on the monetary and food donations each food shelf collects locally.

Ralph Reeder’s donation goal this March is 90,000 pounds of food and dollars combined.

“A portion of every donation made to our food shelf will be matched by Minnesota Foodshare making it the perfect time to give,” said Ralph Reeder program supervisor Lisa Baker. “We can also purchase food through low cost hunger partners like Second Harvest Heartland for pennies on a dollar making every dollar you give worth approximately $8.00 worth of food.”

The New Brighton food shelf serves an average of 622 households each month, providing 454,551 pounds of food annually or enough food to provide 379,000 meals.

“All non-perishable food items are needed, along with hygiene items, cleaning supplies, baby diapers and wipes,” said Baker. “In addition to food, we offer a weekend backpack program called snackpack, school supplies, holiday toys and gifts, senior mobile outreach, and connect people to additional resources. We work closely with our schools to ensure that the neediest of families are not falling through the cracks.”

The Minnesota FoodShare’s March campaign is the largest food drive in the state, having raised $7.9 million and 5.2 million pounds of food in 2016.

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf serves the communities of New Brighton, Mounds View, Shoreview, Arden Hills, North Oaks, northern Roseville and the Ramsey County portion of St. Anthony.

“We live in communities where affluence and poverty live side by side. The face of hunger has really changed – someone who is food insecure could be your neighbor, your child’s friend at school, the teller at your bank,” said Baker. “When you make a donation to your local food shelf, you are directly supporting your neighbors in need.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Pike Lake Education Center – door 13 – 2101 14th St. NW, New Brighton, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. Monetary donations can be made out to the Ralph

Reeder Food Shelf and mailed to the above address or online at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org. One hundred percent of donations are tax deductible.

Contact Sam Lenhart at [email protected]