Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign
March is one of the most important months for the Monticello Help Center. For over 30 years, the Minnesota Food Share March Campaign has coordinated the largest food and fund drive in Minnesota. This year the challenge is on to raise enough food and money to translate into half the food distributed by food shelves statewide. The challenge runs from February 26 -April 8 this year. We want to be a part of that ambitious goal, with YOUR help!
During the March Campaign we receive additional funds from the Minnesota Food Share Fund based on how much we raise! The more we raise, the more we get! During the March campaign last year, we were so blessed to receive a staggering 21,000 pounds of food and a whopping $41,000 in donations!
What about this year? With the economy still struggling, the need in our community remains very high. Our goal for 2018 is 65,000 in combined pounds and dollars. Help us get there and beat last year’s amazing total! How can you help? Organize food and fund drives! Tell your family, friends, and neighbors! Make a donation! Visit our website at http://www.monticellohelpcenter.org/ or the Minnesota Food Share website at http://www.mnfoodshare.org/marchcampaign/ for more information! And don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!
Remember that for every $1 you donate, the Monticello Help Center can provide 10 meals to those in need! Your dollar goes a long way!!
THANKS TO YOU, the Monticello Community, 2017 was another fantastic year at the Monticello Help Center! Donations and food drives from so many area businesses, schools, organizations, and churches helped to provide the food and funding needed for our programs. In addition, funding from the Wright County Area United Way, Wright Hennepin Electric Trust, The Medica Foundation, the Women of Today, the Monticello Rotary Club, the Ellison Family Fund, and the Monticello Lions all continue to provide a vital portion of our funding.
With the help of over 250 dedicated volunteers from this wonderful community, we are happy to report that we were able to serve 11,000 households in our community this year, disturbing almost half a million pounds of food – that’s 250 TONS of food! What a wonderful testament to the people of Monticello who made that possible by donating their time, talents, money, food, clothing and household items.
It is estimated that 10% of Minnesotans worry about where they’ll get their next meal (USDA 2016) Let’s make sure that the Minnesotans living in the Monticello community don’t have to worry about that! Thanks for your continued support!
Sandy McClurg, Director
List of items currently needed:
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, spam)
- Canned fruit
- Canned meals (chili, ravioli)
- Personal hygiene products (shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, feminine products)