Jul 16, 2012 at 8:21 am
ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - Your donation dollars will go further this month at most local food shelves in Minnesota, because they will be matched through July by a pair of groups dedicated to fight hunger.
The matching funds are part of the third annual 'Food Shelf $100,000 Dollar Challenge' from the groups 'Hunger Solutions' and 'Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless.' The drive provides even more incentive for people to help those in need in their communities.
"For people to reach out and make a donation to their own local food shelf that is going to increase the amount of funding their local shelf will get from "Open Your Heart," Arna Yetter, spokeswoman with OYH said.
Summer months can provide added challenges to families dealing with poverty and hunger, making the annual timing of the drive all the more appropriate.
"If a family is struggling as it is, then there are children at home during the summer and that means probably even more of a struggle to put food on the table," Yetter said.
Donations are normally lower throughout the summer and some 250,000 students from low-income families do not have their normal access to free meals through the school system.
"If each person did what they could, it may be modest, it may be humble, but when you collectively put that together it can make a huge difference," Yetter said.
More than 150 food shelves in the state, from Ada to Zumbrota, are registered for this month's challenge.
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