Aug 15, 2012 at 8:20 am
ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - Nearly 300 food shelves across Minnesota will be getting a nice boost this week with checks ranging from $125 dollars to more than $36,000 dollars. The money comes from the food fund of Minnesota FoodShare.
Total donations to FoodShare reached a record $900,000 dollars and, per their policy, all of it will be distributed to the actual food shelves.
"Every dollar that we receive for this food fund is turned around and redistributed to the food shelves," FoodShare director Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer said. "We don't keep a dime for processing or our administrative duties, we just send it all back out because we feel it is important that the food shelves get as much as they can for food."
The funds come at a crucial time for food shelves as donations generally are down in the summer, while the need is up with kids out of school. Even when students return to class in a few weeks however, the need will remain.
"Families still are in trouble and still needing to supplement what they might get at school with dinner and in many cases breakfast," Nelson-Pallmeyer said. "The need is high, food shelters say they are seeing still record numbers in the summers and don't expect it to ease up much in the fall."
The 900,000-dollar food fund was built up through donations by individuals and corporations during Minnesota Foodshare's March Campaign, which also stocked up food shelves with a six-month supply of goods.
"We got over 35 million pounds of food, if you take the dollars and translate that into pounds of food and that is about half the food that was distributed last year in the food shelves," Nelson-Pallmeyer said.
There were more than three-million visits to food shelves statewide in 2010, up 62% from just two years earlier.