During March, donations go far

To the Editor:

The Motley Food Shelf Board wants to thank past supporters and remind all that March is FoodShare Month.  We hope the community will consider supporting the needs of Motley neighbors.

Minnesota FoodShare Month is an opportunity to stretch dollars to feed more people. The Minneapolis Council of Churches has an allocation fund which matches proportionally the amount of donations received at each local food shelf during the month of March.  In other words, the more donations we receive in March, the greater our share will be.

We are also eligible for grant money from the Feinstein Foundation from Rhode Island that is providing $1 million to hunger fighting agencies in the country.  Like the allocation we receive from the Council of Churches, we will also receive a portion of that $1 million from the Feinstein grant for donations received in March and April.

In 2013, the Motley Area Food Shelf served 1,161 households and 3,275 individuals collectively and distributed 78,627 pounds of food. This was a 9 percent increase over 2012.

With your support, we raised $19,806 and 90 pounds of food last year.  Our goal for 2014 is $20,000.  Together, we can build a stronger, healthier community. — Pat O’Regan, chair, and members of the Motley Area Food Shelf Board