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March Out Hunger

Help Irish Network Minnesota, Extended Exposure and Minnesota Food Share this March to end hunger in Minnesota!

In the Spirit of Saint Patrick, we would like your help to fight Hunger.

The Irish, who are no strangers to hunger, are once again excited to join this year’s effort

to March Out Hunger during the month of March.

Minnesota Food Share has a Campaign to March Out Hunger. It is a statewide, grassroots food-drive, in which, every dollar donated goes to local food shelves. According to Hunger Facts MINNESOTA*, in 2021, the projected food insecurity rate was 8.6% in Minnesota, up from 7.7% in 2019. A whopping 3.7 million visits were made to food shelves in Minnesota in 2021, and Minnesota’s charitable food system (food shelves, meal programs, etc.) continues to run at capacity. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, making it critical to focus on creating a more just and equitable food system that meets the needs of all Minnesotans.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Be a hero. Fight hunger. We invite you & your family to join our effort during the Month of March to raise donations of both food and money.

Ways to participate:

  • Ask others to help to recruit family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, students, your church, or community groups to help organize a drive or donate.
  • Coordinate with us to get donations either bringing it to the parade on March 17th or prior to April 1st.
  • Have a food drive party! Support your local food shelf at locations near you: https://www.marchouthunger.org/
  • Like us & visit www.facebook.com/marchouthungerstpaulmnparade for participating pick up & drop off locations, and share this info with others in your networks.
  • Make a financial donation at: https://www.gmcc.org/donate Key word March Out Hunger.
  • Go to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at noon in downtown St. Paul on March 17th. Look for the green FINNEGANS Reverse Food Truck along the parade route!

Cash is king but food donations are awesome too.

What to collect:

Food Donations – Food shelves need all types of food, paper, personal hygiene and cleaning products.

  1. Shelf stable milk, Peanut butter, Hamburger helper (or similar boxed meals), Canned tuna or chicken, Pancake syrup, Canned or dry beans, Hand soap, Dish soap

Cash Donations – Easier to collect and deliver, and food shelves can stretch cash donations further because of their access to discount products and programs. Cash also gives them more flexibility to acquire perishable items like fresh produce, meat and dairy products.

Food donations will be donated to St. Paul’s Neighborhood House. Financial donations will be matched by Minnesota FoodShare and distributed to 300 local foods shelves statewide.

Let’s do what we can to alleviate hunger. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Let’s Drive Hunger out of Minnesota.

We envision a future where all Minnesotans have access to healthy food and no one struggles with food insecurity. This initiative directly addresses these issues. We invite you to join our efforts and advocate for long-term solutions to food insecurity in our communities.  We guarantee Irish Luck to all who participate and support this effort!

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