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.
There will be an open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at the Food Shelf for people interested in learning about the various volunteer opportunities available. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mary at 444-6580 to sign up.
Young people are welcome to attend, with children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.
This is the BIGGIE! Donations from this campaign take us through the summer months when usage is at its highest and donations are at their lowest. We accept food and monetary donations Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at our building at 1260 Exchange Ave. SE in the Industrial Park. We are a block east of the Eagles Club. You may also donate using the Paypal or GiveMN links on this website. Mailed donations should go to: BCFS, P.O. Box 3118, Bemidji, MN 56619-3118. If you are interested in participating in the Pack the Pews event March 19-25, please call Mary at 444-6580 for more information.
Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is an annual event that runs through March and into the first week in April. It is our biggest food and fund raiser of the year. Contributions that come in March are critical for keeping us in operations through the summer months. You can stretch your FoodShare dollar in two ways: By donating directly to the Food Shelf, since one dollar donated can purchase about four meals; second, all the donations that come in during the campaign receive a partial match through the Greater Minnesota Council of Churches. Last year this amounted to about $10,000. Workplaces and organizations are encouraged to participate in this great community event! Contact us for more information.