MARCH IS MINNESOTA FOOD SHARE MONTH and last year Gene and Jeannie Earney brought bail money in change to Jailed for Hunger for the release of Big Lake Food Shelf Committee Chair Judie Zaske. (Archive photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Local effort ratchets up to fill BL food shelf

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Food Shelf serves an average of 193 families per month. Of those families, 46% have children. 
March is Minnesota Food Share Month and their annual campaign to raise funds and stock 300 food shelves across the state is underway. 
It is the only state-wide, grassroots effort where every dollar raised goes to local food shelves to fight hunger.
This year, Minnesota Food Share has set a goal to raise $1 million, which will be given directly to food shelves across the state. Any cash or food items given to the Big Lake Food Shelf during the month of March will be eligible for a 10% match from Minnesota Food Share.
Make a difference and fight hunger in the Big Lake community by supporting the efforts of a number of local organizations who are stepping up to the challenge.
The Big Lake Lions Club is holding their Fill The Van campaign at Coborn’s March 14-16. Purchase pre-packaged food bags designed to fill the needs of the food shelf or make a donation of food or cash.
March 21-23 will see local churches participating in a Pack the Pews campaign to stock the shelves.
March 21 Lil Achievers’ is sponsoring a Mom’s Night Out open to the public with multiple vendors pampering all the moms with a spa night for the admission price of personal items or food items  for the food shelf.
Anytime Fitness members are competing in teams to collect boxes of food in March. Sessions with personal trainers are being provided as prizes for the winning teams.
There will be a Jailed For Hunger event March 21. Local officials and community leaders will be “arrested” and jailed in the Big Lake community room at City Hall until they can make their bail for the food shelf.
“As you consider what you can do, please remember that money is the most efficient way to help because of the tremendous purchasing power that comes through Minnesota food banks where every dollar provides three meals,” said Jodi Benker, secretary of the Big Lake Food Shelf Board of Directors, who provided information for this article.
For more opportunities to help out or make a donation, see next week’s issue of the West Sherburne Tribune.


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