Donate to SV Food Shelf during Minnesota FoodShare Campaign

Minnesota’s Foodshare Campaign is once again taking place in March as food shelves, faith communities, businesses and organizations across Minnesota are working to end hunger and food insecurity. 

Local residents are asked to bring nonperishable items or monetary donations to the Spring Valley Area Food Shelf throughout March during this campaign.

More than 3 million visits are made to Minnesota food shelves each year and one in eight children in Minnesota struggles with hunger.  More than 500,000 Minnesotans experience food insecurity.

The largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together various community organizations to help stock nearly 300 food shelves in Minnesota.  The Spring Valley Area Food Shelf is a recipient of these donations. 

An average of 79 households, totaling 225 people, used the Spring Valley Area Food Shelf in 2018.  An average of 4,265 pounds of food was distributed each month thanks to Spring Valley area donors who contributed to the local food shelf.

Local food shelves can often stretch a $1 donation into enough food for two or more meals.  The 2018 March campaign raised more than 5.5 million pounds of food and $8.1 million for Minnesota food shelves.  A total of 100 percent of financial contributions to Minnesota FoodShare via the March campaign go to participating food shelves.

Minnesota FoodShare began its work in 1982 with a campaign advanced by congregations to restock food shelves in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.  The effort was so successful and the need was so evident, the March campaign became a statewide program just one year later.

The campaign beings Feb. 25 and runs until April 7.