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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

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Juicing -- A tasting/cooking demo with Sheryl

Location: Valley Natural Foods
Date: May 3, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

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Raw Food Demo

Location: Valley Natural Foods Demo Kiosk
Date: May 8, 2014

Time: 3:00pm

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Gluten-Free Day

Location: Valley Natural Foods
Date: May 15, 2014

Time: all day

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