March is for sharing

March is Minnesota FoodShare month.

Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks almost 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and community groups to run local fund and food drives to aid in the effort.

Why is it important to take part in the Minnesota FoodShare campaign?

• In 2012, more than 3 million visits were made to food shelves in Minnesota.

• During the first part of 2012, more than one in eight Minnesotans indicated there were times in the past year when they did not have enough money to buy food.

• Visits to food shelves in Minnesota have increased more than 164 percent during the past decade.

• The three main programs to address hunger in Minnesota, food shelves, food support and subsidized school lunches, all hit record levels of use in 2012.

• In the last decade, high housing costs, prescription drug costs and unemployment have forced more seniors and working families to rely on emergency food shelves.

Minnesota has a reputation as a state that cares, and Minnesota FoodShare is just one more example of that caring attitude. We encourage you to dig deep into your pockets and support this cause... support your neighbors who may need help from the food shelves.