March is food shelf month

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Every March, Minnesota FoodShare, one of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches family of programs, encourages businesses, churches, schools, and civic groups to collect donations for their local food shelves. The local food shelf for the Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods is the Minnehaha Food Shelf, located at Minnehaha United Methodist Church (3701 E. 50th St.). It is open Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Minnehaha Food Shelf serves Southeast Minneapolis from Cedar Ave. to the Mississippi River and from Hwy. 62 Crosstown to E. Lake St. It serves more than 300 families, the majority of which are seniors and working families. Three hundred food shelves operate in the state of Minnesota, and, of the people visiting food shelves, 56% are families with children.

This March, please consider how you can help to end hunger in your community. Keep an eye out for food drive activities in the neighborhood, at your church, at Cub Foods and Rainbow Foods stores, or even at some local restaurants and other businesses. It is also very helpful to food shelves to receive monetary donations, since a food shelf can buy food in bulk at a much better price than an individual in a grocery store can.

Donations for Minnehaha Food Shelf are accepted during the office hours of Minnehaha United Methodist Church (Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.). If you are not able to make a donation, but have free time on Tuesdays, consider volunteering your time to Minnehaha Food Shelf. It can always use help to set up in the morning, check in visitors, or distribute food throughout the day. For more information about volunteering, call the church during those same business hours at 721-6231. For more information about Minnesota FoodShare, visit www.mnfoodshare.gmcc.org.