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Co-ops Statewide Rally for FoodShare's March Campaign
Minnesotaf FoodShare and Minnesota Food Co-ops - working together to alleviate hunger.
For the past several years, the Twin Cities food co-ops ahve participated in Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches that provides funds, food and educational materials to over 300 food shelves across the state. Last year, the Twin Cities co-ops and their shoppers gave over $91,000 dollars/pounds of food to food shelves in their neighborhoods, making it the third most successful corporate campaign in the state.
This year, fifteen Minnesota food co-ops helped replenish the food shelves in our respective neighborhoods. The collaborative effort paid off – we raised 100,271 dollars/pounds of food for the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.
Participating food co-ops include
Bluff Country Co-op, Winona
City Center Market, Cambridge
Cook County Whole Foods Co-op, Grand Marais
Eastside Food Co-op, Minneapolis
Just Food Co-op, Northfield
Lakewinds Natural Foods, Chanhassen and Minnetonka
Linden Hills Co-op, Minneapolis
Mississippi Market Co-op, St. Paul
People's Food Co-op, Rochester
River Market Co-op, Stillwater
Seward Co-op, Minneapolis
St. Peter Food Co-op, St. Peter
Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville
Wedge Co-op, Minneapolis
Whole Foods Co-op, Duluth
All it takes is "rounding up" your grocery bill or adding a few dolalrs onto your total purchase to make a real difference. Did you know that one dollar can feed a person for a day? Twenty dollars can feed a family of four for five days. Just imagine the impact statewide when we all give a few dollars to those who are hungry.
Food Shelf Shopping List
While the focus for the March Campaign is on monetary donations, nonperishable food donations are always acceptable as well. Please consider these suggestions when selecting items to donate to a food shelf.
- Hygiene products - shampoo, doedorant, soap, diapers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toothpaste
- Baking ingredients - flours, sugar, cooking oil
- Meats, fish and protein - canned tuna, chiciken, beef stew, chili, peanut butter, canned/dried beans
- Fruits and vegetables - 100% fruit juice, canned fruits and vegetables, instant potatoes, fruit preserves
- Complete meals - pasta and sauce, boxed meals, hearty soups
- Grains - cereal, rice, pasta
- Cleaning supplies - laundry detergent, paper towels, kitchen and bathroom cleaners