March is Minnesota FoodShare month, a statewide effort to fight hunger and help keep over 300 food shelves around the state stocked throughout the year. The Community Action Center of Northfield is participating in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, aiming to raise $125,000 and 25,000 pounds of food for distributing to Northfield-area residents in need.
“Having food and adequate nutrition is essential to living a fulfilling life and sustaining a healthy household,” said Jim Blaha, Community Action Center executive director. “Initiatives like the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign allow us to raise awareness that the need to alleviate hunger in our area is widespread.”
Last year, as a result of its food programming resources and services, the Community Action Center (CAC) was able to provide over 580,000 pounds of food through its food shelf. Additionally, the CAC distributed over $25,000 in grocery store vouchers and served an estimated 6,500 meals at Thursday’s Table, a weekly program that serves nutritious meals to the community at no cost.
“When we work as one, our community thrives,” Blaha added. “There are a lot of hungry neighbors in Northfield, but together, we can work to ensure they’re nourished. Our goal is that nobody in the community goes to bed hungry at night.”
To learn more about donating time, money or food to the Community Action Center, visit communityactioncenter.org/donate/.
The Community Action Center of Northfield exists to promote a healthy, caring and just community for all people through resources, advocacy and volunteer effort. We help our Northfield-area neighbors meet basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter, and provide crisis support, transportation and more. For more information about the Community Action Center, visit www.communityactioncenter.org or call 507-664-3550.