The 24th Annual Marketplace Stuff-a-Truck

The 24th Annual Marketplace Stuff-a-Truck Food and Fund Drive runs from November 2 to November 26. Starting this year, we are challenging area businesses to step up and compete with the schools for food and funds raised.  In 2014 we received 23,642 pounds of food and $5,372 in donations.  This year our goal is 25,000 pounds of food and $6,000.  Boxes are in area schools and the truck will be at Marketplace Foods November 20 & 21. Food and monetary donations can also be dropped off at the Food Shelf, 1260 Exchange Ave. SE, on M, W, or F from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please help us to reach this goal and help put food on tables this fall and winter!

The Open Your Heart July Challenge

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!