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Donations to Food Pantry this month will be matched by challenge grant

In Minnesota, summer means trips to the lake, long bike rides and fresh produce. But many Minnesota families can’t afford weekly trips to the farmer’s market for fruits and vegetables.

The Becker County Food Pantry helps provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to these families — and now, they need your help to continue doing so.

For the fifth straight year, the Food Pantry has joined forces with Open Your Heart to the Hungry & Homeless for the statewide $150,000 Food Shelf Challenge.

From now through the end of July, donations to the Becker County Food Pantry will be matched by Open Your Heart, up to $5,000. The more funds the Food Pantry raises, the greater the matching grant from Open Your Heart will be.

Donations can be sent by mail or delivered in person to the Becker County Food Pantry, 1308 Rossman Ave., Detroit Lakes MN 56501.

In 2013, Minnesota food shelves raised over $1 million through this challenge, and they hope to raise even more in 2014.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry & Homeless believes this approach to hunger alleviation is effective, because it brings communities together to solve a growing concern across Minnesota.

The Food Shelf Challenge will power a statewide initiative that will bring more funding to food shelves and increase awareness of child hunger during the summer months.

Minnesota food shelves help families obtain the groceries then cannot afford to purchase on their own.

People served by food shelves report that they would otherwise have to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities and other necessities.

Since 1986, Open Your Heart has targeted millions of dollars to strategically fight hunger in Minnesota. The organization funds the purchase and transfer of more than 1 million pounds of fresh produce, meat and dairy products every year, through Hunger Solutions Minnesota.