The Rush City Food Shelf all volunteer team met this month to plan the upcoming Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.
Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort.
The Rush City area will soon be contacted with information and resources to help make their effort a success.
A few hunger facts from Minnesota FoodShare: Since 2008, Second Harvest Heartland reports visits by seniors to Minnesota’s suburban emergency food programs increased more than 70 percent.
According to U.S Census Bureau figures, 15 percent of Minnesota children, or about 190,000, were living in poverty last year, an increase of about 18,000 from 2009.