Annual March Food & Fundraising Drive Helps Stock the Shelves at Neighbors

Donations of food and funds during the month of March are critical to keep the shelves stocked at the Neighbors, Inc. food shelf.

“Food shelf donations are investments in the health and well-being of our community. Your generous donations create opportunities for our neighbors to thrive,” said Susan Schroeder, Director of Mission Fulfillment.

With generous support from local businesses, faith communities, civic organizations, community members and more, Neighbors hopes to raise a combined total of 350,000 pounds of food and dollars during this year’s campaign to meet the increased demand for food assistance in our community. In 2019, individual visits to the Neighbors’ food shelf increase by 13%. According to a recent study done by Feeding America, nearly one in eleven Minnesotans experience food insecurity. One of Neighbors’ goals is to increase food access to our neighbors in need and the food and funds collected during March are vital in reaching that goal.

Why March? March is the designated month when food shelves from across the state engage in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most pounds of food and/or monetary donations. Additional grant money is allocated based on overall ranking. The March Campaign helps stock nearly 300 food shelves statewide.

Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Community Connections (GMCC). Official dates for the 2020 campaign are March 1 through April 12.

Additional information about Neighbors’ March campaign and how you help can be found here.

A client's cart full of food from the food shelf.

A family’s cart full of food from the food shelf.