The Open Your Heart July Challenge is here! Now is the time to stretch your dollars!
Up here in the North Country we all look forward to our beautiful summer with its mild temperatures and sunny days. But summer also brings a new reality to many area families: a shortage of food.
With children home from school, many find that they are unable to get enough food for their households. Children, who might be eligible for free breakfast and lunch at school, are now eating three meals a day at home. And, at this same time, food shelves are dealing with their slowest season for donations.
To help the Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) and other food shelves across Minnesota provide healthy food for these families throughout the summer, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and Hunger Solutions of Minnesota are teaming up for the July Challenge. During this time, food shelves can receive matching grants up to $5,000.
To donate to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, donate online on the website, through PayPal or send a check to: BCFS, 1260 Industrial Park Drive SE, Bemidji, MN 56601. Better yet, we invite you to stop by and see us. You can make a difference for hungry families in Bemidji this July!
Raised beds pop up around Bemidji as part of the Food Shelf FARM initiative to teach sustainable gardening skills to families in the community.
We are in need of folks to do intake here at the Food Shelf. If you like people and are comfortable using a computer this could be a fun volunteer gig for you. The interviewers work 4-hour shifts M, W and F and you are able to choose how many of these to work each month. If you are interested, please call Mary at218-444-6580.
With spring here and summer just around the corner, please consider bringing your excess garden produce to the Food Shelf. The gift of fresh produce is such a blessing. Donations can be brought to the big garage doors on the south side of our building at 1260 Industrial Park Drive Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8:30 and 4 p.m.
The Food Shelf exceeded its goal for the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign! We took in a total of $135, 472 in cash which includes a $29,000 grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation, and 40,042 pounds of donated food. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!
This is our biggest food and fundraiser of the year, and it carries us through the summer months when donations are slower. Our goals this year are to raise $110,000 and 60,000 pound of food. Remember that your donation will go farther when it’s given in March. At the end of the month we receive a percentage match through the March Campaign. Thanks to your support, last year we raised over $100,000 and took in over 56,000 pounds of food. Our Campaign match was over $10,000! Please help us meet our goals again this year by donating during March.