Minnesota’s annual FoodShare campaign sets a goal to top the charts.
St. Cloud Times
The Minnesota 2011 FoodShare campaign has a goal of raising 12 million combined pounds and dollars from individuals, businesses and many others.
From 2000 to 2010, food shelf usage across Minnesota has tripled– from more than 1 million visits to more than 3 million visits annually. From 2008 to 2009, there was a 25 percent increase in food shelf visits in Minnesota– the largest recorded increase in 28 years.
In 2010, food shelf usage increased on average 14 percent statewide. In the Twin Cities’ suburbs, some food shelves saw a 60 percent increase.
It is estimated 14 percent of all Minnesota households do not have enough food. That equates to about 723,000 hungry Minnesotans– almost the combined populations of Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud.
The 2011 FoodShare campaign is just beginning. Participants report to FoodShare their totals once a week throughout March. Donations are due the first week in April.
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