A new three-year campaign kicks off today, with a goal of making sure all Minnesotans have enough food to eat. The executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Colleen Moriarty, says the effort, called “Hunger-Free Minnesota,” is expected to bring corporate and nonprofit leadership together to focus on three areas directly related to hunger.
“Increasing eligible persons being enrolled in the food support programs; to bring new sources of food into the food banks and the food shelves and the feeding programs; and to work on child nutrition issues.”
For many families, Moriarty says, food shelf use is becoming a regular monthly need, instead of just an emergency situation, and last month’s tornadoes didn’t help.
“Food is the only flexible thing left in the family budget and, because of that, we really feel that these basic needs are the things that we should be concentrating on.”
She notes that hunger is an issue in every area of the state, with research that shows one in ten Minnesotans misses an average of ten meals every month. She adds people are being encouraged to donate their time, talents and money to their local emergency food providers.
You can get more information online at www.hungerfreemn.org.
The website for the group Hunger Solutions is www.hungersolutions.org