March campaign to raise food for families

Community Emergency Assistance Programs, Minnesota FoodShare, Northtown Mall and Luther Automotive Group are coming together to fight hunger this March.

Minnesota FoodShare’s March Ccmpaign is the largest food-and-fund raising event in the state. Participating food shelves collect as many dollars and pounds of food as possible during the month of March and receive a proportionate matching gift from Minnesota FoodShare and the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. The more a food shelf raises, the larger the matching gift.

CEAP, the local food shelf serving Blaine and Spring Lake Park, also acts as a secondary food shelf for all of Anoka County and has participated in the March campaign for years. Increased demand for food assistance in recent years has made this campaign vital to keeping CEAP’s services available for families in need. Last year the matching gifts received from Minnesota FoodShare, as a result of donations made in March, helped pay for three months worth of CEAP’s food expenses.

“One in 10 Minnesota families don’t know where their next meal will come from. Donations made as a part of the March campaign are vital to helping us serve local families in desperate need of the basics. CEAP’s Blaine food shelf sees nearly 600 families every month,” said CEAP Chief Operating Officer, Clare Brumback.

Joining CEAP’s fight for a second year is Northtown Mall. In partnership with Luther Automotive Group, Northtown will be hosting a month long “Fill the Ford Fusion to Fight Hunger” drive. A brand new Ford Fusion will sit on display in the mall’s center court as a receptacle for monetary donations, along with displays of what you donations can do for our community.

“Northtown Mall is such a visible and accessible space for people to make donations,” Brumback said.

For more information on CEAP’s March FoodShare campaign and how you can help, visitt www.ceap.org.

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