The 2017 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is underway! This campaign, coordinated by the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, gives BCFS and foods shelves across the state an extra boost to get through the summer months, when use is higher and donations are lower. All donations of food and funds will be tallied and will receive a partial match through the campaign. Funds raised will be used to purchase food, pay utilities and generally keep our doors open over the summer. We find that about 70% of families use the food shelf only 1-4 times a year, which shows us that they come because they need to and not simply because they can. Please consider helping us serve the nearly 3,000 families who are in need of our services throughout the year.
Jim is a retired pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church of America. He retired as Superintendent of the Northwest Conference in 2011. The Northwest Conference includes congregations in MN, WI, ND and SD. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 44 years and have two adult children and one grandchild in St. Paul. The distribution of food and clothing has been a vital part of the work of many of his congregations.
Outgoing President Bill Beyer (L) with
Newly Elected President Jim Fretheim (R) and Mary Mitchel (C) Executive Director
Bemidji Community Food Shelf Annual Meeting
Thursday February 9, 12 Noon
Bethel Lutheran Church
5232 Irvine Ave NW, Bemidji
Please join us for a light lunch featuring soup & bars
and help us thank our outgoing President, Bill Beyer,
for his eight years of service and dedication.
Many folks in our area face special challenges during the summer months. With more mouths to feed over summer vacation, families may not eat as much or as healthy as they should. The Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) helps fill the hunger gap in Beltrami County.
BCFS is again participating in the Open Your Heart July Challenge. This campaign is sponsored by Hunger Solutions and the Open Your Heart for the Hungry and Homeless Campaign. They will award us up to $5,000 based on the donations we receive in July.
Because we participate in special programs, we can do a lot with a dollar! Help us help our neighbors this July. Even small amounts make a difference. To donate, you can use the donation options on this website or mail us a check to:
Bemidji Community Food Shelf, 1260 Exchange Ave SE, Bemidji, MN 56601
The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger®” Food Drive
This coming Saturday, May 14th, is the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Your donation of food helps so much! Please fill a bag with non-perishable foods and set out for your letter carrier.
Area Voices producer Alauna Yust interviews Mary Mitchell, Director of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf and Joan, a volunteer and a user of the food shelf.
Follow this link to hear the conversation.