Jailbirds raise money for food shelves

North Branch American Legion Post 85 Commander Jim Johnson was a “first time offender” in the Family Pathways Bail or Jail fundraiser at the Oak Inn Thursday. Photo by Derrick Knutson

North Branch American Legion Post 85 Commander Jim Johnson was a “first time offender” in the Family Pathways Bail or Jail fundraiser at the Oak Inn Thursday. Photo by Derrick Knutson

North Branch American Legion Post 85 Commander Jim Johnson and a group of other “offenders” recently served some not-so-hard time.

As part of the Bail or Jail fundraiser for Family Pathways Food Shelves held at the Oak Inn Thursday, Johnson agreed to raise money that would serve as his “bail.”

All of the money from the fundraiser went directly to the food shelf.

This was Johnson’s first time participating in the fundraiser.

Lynn Kirk, development manager with Family Pathways, said just last month Family Pathways combined food shelf locations assisted 1,704 families by distributing 147,062 pounds of food.

The Bail or Jail fundraiser is in its eighth year in North Branch; last year over $30,000 was raised to help combat hunger.

Kirk noted the goal for those who participated in the fundraiser was to raise $250 apiece, but even if they didn’t reach that mark it helped the food shelves greatly.

“If they come in with $50, we’re excited because it’s $50 we didn’t have before,” she said.

She added that the need for donations to area food shelves is still very high.

“We’re still seeing increases – it’s not quite as steep, but it’s still going up,” she said. “We’ll take all we can get.”

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