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 (CAC) 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.
“We believe that everybody deserves to have access to enough healthy food,” said Jim Blaha, CAC executive director. “The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign allows us to raise awareness that food insecurity is real and deeply felt right in here the Northfield area and that getting involved can have a direct impact on the local community.”
“Kiss the Pig” FoodShare Donation Contest
This year, local banks First National Bank of Northfield and Community Resource Bank have partnered with us for a friendly
competition to see who can raise the most pounds of food and financial donations throughout the month. A designated representative at the winning bank will kiss a pig! Rick Estenson will represent First National Bank of Northfield, and Denny Hanson will represent Community Resource Bank.
Cast a vote for who you’d like to see kiss the pig by donating online or dropping off nonperishable food items at the bank locations! Each dollar is equal to four votes for the bank of your choosing.Make a FoodShare Donation
Last year, as a result of its food programming resources and services, the CAC was able to distribute over 540,000 pounds of food through its food shelf, serving 775 households. The CAC also rescued over 249,000 pounds of food from local retailers. Rescuing food is the practice of gleaning edible food that would otherwise go to waste from places such as restaurants, grocery stores, produce markets or
dining facilities and distributing it to local emergency food programs. Additionally, the CAC served over 4,600 meals, including 720 meals to children, at Thursday’s Table, a weekly program that serves nutritious meals to the community at no cost. To see other ways the Community Action Center is feeding the hungry this month and all year long, visit communityactioncenter.org/programs/feeding.
“We are so grateful for support of the CAC’s programming during this month and all year long,” CAC Program Director Anika Rychner said. “Our partnerships with food banks and the food we rescue from local retailers allow us to stretch financial contributions and other resources so much further.”See Most Needed Food Items