RUSHFORD, Minn. (KTTC) – Nearly 1 in 10 Minnesotans experience food insecurity, a concerning fact leading many to take action.
March is Minnesota food share month, which means The Minnesota food share March campaign is well underway.
This statewide drive is supporting local food shelves by matching donations. They match donations based on total donations for each food shelf, which includes food and monetary gifts collected.
The South East Minnesota Citizens Action Council (SEMCAC) started the food share campaign in 1982 and it quickly became a state wide campaign a year later. Their goal is to see Minnesota as a state where all residents have access to healthy food and no one is struggling with food insecurity.
Andrea Andresen, the manager of Semcac’s Rushford food shelf says it takes something such as gas prices hiking up to set a family back.
” A lot of people that live in Rushford do not work in Rushford. They work in Winona or some people work in Rochester… So that is where they can have an issue to where just having that extra expense of gas to be able to to go to work it cuts into their food budget.”
The food share campaign will be going on until the end of this month.
If you would like to donate to Rushford’s food shelf, they are open Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
They are asking for food and personal care items to be donated.